Mr Motivator shares tragic news as granddaughter dies from meningitis at age 12

Mr Motivator shares tragic news as granddaughter dies from meningitis at age 12

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Mr Motivator has shared his heartbreak after his granddaughter died at the age of 12.

Hadassah had been battling meningitis for five days before her tragic death in the early hours of this morning.

The TV fitness guru – real name Derrick Evans – shared an emotional message as he urged people to treasure their loved ones every day.

He said in a statement to PA: "It’s not meant to happen like this. The circle of life dictates that parents and grandparents go first.

"You are not supposed to bury your child or your grandchild. We have to fight on no matter what."

Derrick, 69, added: "I want to remind everyone to tell your loved ones every day how much you love them."

Derek in character as Mr Motivator
(Image: Handout)

He became well known for his colourful spandex
(Image: PA)

The star, who rose to fame in the early 90s by leading workout routines in his colourful spandex on GMTV, is believed to have had a very close relationship with his granddaughter.

Hadassah was the daughter of Derrick's eldest daughter Caroline Evans Charles.

The little one was one of four.

It's reported that Derrick's wife Sandra has flown to Antigua to be with the family and that he is going to follow her there as soon as it's possible.

Derrick was awarded an MBE last year as part of the postponed Queen's birthday honours list.

He was honoured for his services to health and fitness after helping people stay fit through lockdown with his online home exercise routines.

It's reported Derrick will fly out to be with his family when he can

Derrick made his big TV comeback in 2019 for a BBC fitness special.

When asked if he'd changed his style since his heyday, he said: "Of course — watching people making a fool of themselves or being obnoxious to each other.

"Where is feelgood television?"

He went on: "There’s a role for that kind of attitude on TV rather than what we see every single day, which is the shouting and the screaming blatantly pushed in front of your face. A quality needs to return.

"All too often, what we get is all the nasty stuff, all the bad stuff.

"We laugh at the nasty stuff — we laugh at people having problems rather than saying, ‘Let me listen to how they cope. Let me see what they have to do to change their life’.

"Feelgood TV needs to come back. We need to highlight people who make us feel good."