Crimewatch Roadshow’s Rav Wilding is a regular presenter on BBC’s Morning Live and joined Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh on today’s show. However, the presenter almost broke down in tears as he revealed he’d recently lost his father to COVID-19 after contracting the virus in hospital.
Gethin began: “Rav, can I just say thanks for coming in today. I know you’ve had an incredibly tough few days.”
“It’s been so hard,” Rav replied. “For those who don’t know last weekend after an operation in hospital my dad, unfortunately, tested positive for Covid.
“Three days later he sadly died. It was so quick, so brutal, it’s awful because I can’t even go see the family because of the rules, the lockdown. I can’t even give anyone a hug. It’s been tough.
“We are towards the end of this thing we’ve just got to focus and get through it and do everything we can to keep each other safe.”
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“Our hearts go out to you Rav and your family and to so many people like yourself who are going through the same thing at the moment,” Gethin said. “It’s just a brutal, brutal disease, isn’t it?”
Rav shared a clip of the heartbreaking moment to his Twitter followers as he admitted he’d almost “lost it”.
The presenter tweeted: “I very nearly lost it at the end.”
Fans of the Morning Live star offered their condolences to Rav including Pointless host Richard Osman who tweeted: “So sorry Rav.”
A fifth remarked: “Love and condolences. You were amazing this morning. Well done. Sending virtual hugs.”
“My condolences. Having lost my dad a few years ago I know how hard it can be and this will be made worse by not being able to see family and friends. How tragic, love to your family and you,” another said.
Earlier in the show, Rav expressed his wish to see police officers prioritised for the Covid vaccine.
“Rav as always you’re telling us it’s important to be vigilant as always,” Gethin remarked. “And Happy St David’s Day to you. I know you’re disappointed after the rugby.”
“As a Welshman, you’re loving it today I’ll give it that one,” Rav replied. “Look people will be booking more events, holidays and even weddings for this year but remember scammers don’t stop during the spring and summer.
“I’ll be telling you what to look for and how to avoid falling victim to all those latest scams.”
Kym interjected: “We’ve heard the next phase of the vaccine rollout will continue to prioritise people by age not occupation which obviously means police officers will not be prioritised. What do you make of that?”
“I do find that disappointing because they are prioritising on age so those who are most likely to die from the virus rather than those who are most likely to contract it and obviously police officers are far more likely to contract it than most people because of the nature of their work,” Rav replied.
“And obviously when they do contract it they’re off for at least 10 days in a good case, you don’t want to think about what could happen if it’s a bad case. It really is disappointing that they haven’t been prioritised but I do understand it’s a difficult decision.”
Morning Live airs on BBC One on weekdays at 9.15am.