John McCririck says he ‘won’t live to see another summer’ because of stress of losing his TV career

JOHN McCririck has revealed he “feels like a dinosaur” and is convinced will live to see another summer.

The 78-year-old, who has suffered chest problems and a three-stone weight loss, has told how he was “lost soul wandering around an environment you’re no longer part of”.

John McCririck revealed the serious health battle that caused his frail appearance and three-stone weight loss on todays This Morning
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John McCririck revealed the serious health battle that caused his ‘frail’ appearance and three-stone weight loss on today’s This Morning[/caption]

McCririck was the face of British horse-racing and became renowned for his unusual style, until he was dropped from Channel 4 in 2012 after 28 years.

After accusing them of ageism, John took the channel to an employment tribunal, which ruled against him.

Now, speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “I’m pining. The broken heart is for a lost job. Work comes first.

“Racing was my life but now when I go I think: ‘What am I doing here?’ I feel like a dinosaur.”

Glory days... McCririck during the First Day of the John Smith's Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse in 2009
Glory days… McCririck during the First Day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse in 2009
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McCririck added: “You’re a lost soul wandering around an environment you’re no longer part of.”

Earlier this month, McCririck gave insight into his recent health battle today after shocking fans with his “gaunt and frail” appearance on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.

Appearing on This Morning, the 78-year-old revealed a severe case of the flu and chest infection led to his drastic three-stone weight loss – and even left him unable to speak for three months.

John confessed he’d had a “very bad year” earlier this week after concerning fans with his dramatic transformation during an appearance on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

However, speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, the racing pundit revealed the real cause of his weight loss to be a terrible bout of flu.

He said: “I’m getting better but I had the flu.

“I couldn’t speak for about three months. It was really awful, and you only get weaker with the antibiotics and all that.

The racing pundit worried fans with his gaunt appearance last week pictured in 2016) but has now cited a terrible bout of flu as the cause
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The racing pundit worried fans with his gaunt appearance last week (pictured in 2016) but has now cited a terrible bout of flu as the cause[/caption]

The 78-year-old revealed the illness ‘absolutely flattened’ him and even left him unable to speak for three months
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“But there wasn’t anything wrong with me they could directly cure. It just absolutely flattened me.”

The TV personality went on to admit that unemployment had also contributed to his poor health as he became determined to lose weight as a daily distraction from not working.

He explained: “When I was sacked by Channel 4 racing in 2012… you feel depressed.

“You lose a purpose in life. I wake up now in the morning and what have I got to do?

He also admitted retirement contributed to his weight loss, as he felt depressed after being sacked by Channel 4 Racing
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He also admitted retirement contributed to his weight loss as he felt ‘depressed’ after being sacked by Channel 4 Racing[/caption]

He assured viewers he was ‘feeling much better’ but said he doesn’t think he will recover fully due to his age
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He went on to praise his wife Jenny as the ‘carer of the century’ for looking after him for so long
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“I’ve got Jeremy Kyle to watch and This Morning and Deal Or No Deal but I have no purpose.

“I worked every day for over 50 years. I’ve never been late for a job, I’ve never missed a day’s work ever. And work comes first as you can’t support your family if you’re not working.”

While he assured fans he’s getting better, he admitted he doesn’t think he will ever fully recover due to his age.

However he went on to praise his wife Jenny as the “carer of the century”, stating: “I’m not the easiest patient! But it’s fantastic what she does for me.”

John, who worked for Channel 4 for 30 years, first worried fans with his “gaunt” frame on Friday, during his first television interview in months.

John first shocked fans with his ‘gaunt and frail’ frame on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Friday
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John pictured in 2013 was best known for 30-year career with Channel 4. He recently had to pull out of both Strictly Come Dancing and the London Marathon due to his ill health
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John (pictured in 2013) was best known for 30-year career with Channel 4. He recently had to pull out of both Strictly Come Dancing and the London Marathon due to his ill health[/caption]

Recently his health has meant he has had to pull out of I’m A Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing, as well as the London Marathon next year.

John opened up about his health kick in an interview with The Sun back in June, and said he decided to take action after ballooning to 19 stone.


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