Mr Motivator reveals his granddaughter Hadassah has died after a five-day battle with meningitis

Motivator has revealed that his granddaughter Hadassah has died aged 12 after battling meningitis for five days.

The 68-year-old health expert, whose real name is Derrick Evans, said his granddaughter died early Thursday morning in Antigua, where she lives with her mother.

Derrick shared the news of Hadassah’s death in a statement via . PA, admitting it “shouldn’t happen” that he has to bury his granddaughter, and urges his fans to “tell their loved ones every day how much they love them.”

Tragedy: Mr Motivator, 68, has revealed that his granddaughter Hadassah has died aged 12 after battling meningitis for five days

He said, ‘It’s not meant to happen like that. The circle of life dictates that parents and grandparents go first.

“You shouldn’t bury your child or your grandchild. We have to fight on anyway.”

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

Sad news: the health expert announced that his granddaughter passed away in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, in the early hours of Thursday morning (photo in 2017)

Sad news: the health expert announced that his granddaughter passed away in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, in the early hours of Thursday morning (photo in 2017)

Sad news: The health expert informed that his granddaughter in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, passed away early Thursday morning

Sad news: The health expert informed that his granddaughter in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, passed away early Thursday morning

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

She was one of four grandchildren of Derrick, who appeared in a Twitter snap he shared in 2017 after traveling to Antigua.

WHAT IS MENINGITIS?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).

It can affect anyone, but is most common in infants, young children, teenagers, and young adults.

Meningitis can be very serious if not treated promptly.

It can cause life-threatening septicemia (septicemia) and lead to permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

There are a number of vaccinations available that offer some protection against meningitis.

Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection.

Bacterial meningitis is rarer but more serious than viral meningitis.

Meningitis is usually caught by people who carry these viruses or bacteria in their nose or throat, but are not sick themselves.

It can also be caught by someone with meningitis, but this is less common.

Source: NHS

He wrote: ‘I am so blessed, for my 65th birthday I visited my daughter and 4 grandchildren who live in Antigua.

“Everyone had so much fun, joy, laughter and lots of fun… #LifeLessons Enjoy every moment, because time is short. Be healthy.’

According to PA, Sandra, Mr. Motivator’s wife, flew to Antigua to be with the family after Hadassah’s death, and the fitness expertise is expected to join them in the coming days.

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).

It can affect anyone, but is most common in infants, young children, teenagers, and young adults.

It can cause life-threatening septicemia (septicemia) and lead to permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

Mr Motivator was born in Jamaica but was adopted at the age of three months before moving to Leicester at the age of ten.

He rose to fame as Mr Motivator in the early 1990s with a slot on GMTV, recently returning to screens on BBC One to ‘provide expert advice to get people moving during the coronavirus’.

He splits his time between Jamaica and Manchester, where he lives with his wife Sandra and daughter Abigail, who has type 1 diabetes.

In 2020, Derrick revealed that he faced resistance when he tried to launch his TV career because he was told he would not appeal to viewers as a black man.

He told the Radio Times“When I walked into my very first job interview and the guy said to me, ‘Why didn’t you tell me you’re black?’ I replied, ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were white?’

Later, when television came, it took me ten years to take a break as an on-screen fitness trainer.

“Every time I went to the studios, the guys would say, ‘Look, for a white lady with two kids, a black guy on TV would never work.’ But I persisted.’

Last year he received an MBE as part of the postponed celebration of Queen’s Day.

The exercise guru has been honored for his services to health and fitness after helping people stay fit during lockdown with his online home workouts.

Family: Derrick splits his time between Jamaica and Manchester, where he lives with wife Sandra and daughter Abigail

Family: Derrick splits his time between Jamaica and Manchester, where he lives with wife Sandra and daughter Abigail

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