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Nick Grimshaw reveals that he “nearly died” during the Desert Relief challenge in Sport Relief

Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw first revealed that he “ nearly died ” from heat exhaustion during a Sport Relief desert challenge in Namibia in February.

The former X Factor judge, 35, admitted that getting sick after eight hours of cycling in ‘oven-like’ temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius was the ‘scariest and traumatic’ experience he’s ever had.

After doctors took him out of the charity event, Drivetime’s hostess experienced a “horrible, physical panic attack” that lasted five hours and led doctors to inject him with valium to calm him down.

Terror: Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw first revealed that he 'nearly died' from heat exhaustion during a Sport Relief Desert Challenge in February (pictured with Judge Rinder)

Terror: Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw first revealed that he ‘nearly died’ from heat exhaustion during a Sport Relief Desert Challenge in February (pictured with Judge Rinder)

Nick, known to fans and friends as Grimmy, then called his mother, Eileen, and broke down in tears when he remembered how close he had died.

He revealed, “When I called her, I was really trying to keep it together and then I was like ‘Mom, it was really bad’ and then I was crying well …

“And I don’t think I cried against my mom as an adult. And I think that was probably really traumatic to be called and for me to be like ‘I almost died’.

The presenter took part in the first day of the celebrities ‘The Heat is On’ charity challenge in the Namib Desert, Namibia when the incident occurred last month.

Shocking: Former X Factor judge, 35, admitted getting sick after eight hours of cycling in ‘oven-like’ temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius was the ‘scariest and traumatic’ experience he’s ever had

On the first day of the challenge – a journey of 160 kilometers across the rugged terrain for four days by bicycle, on foot and by ski – he was stopped by a doctor after eight hours of cycling.

He was just two miles from completing the 35-mile cycling race.

He told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, “The doctor went past me and said,” Oh, you look weird. ” There is a picture of me at the time and my skin is a bit like an oil spill.

“It’s almost iridescent, purple-gray. I was not a good woman. And they pulled me and I got exhausted. ‘

Nick, who had been preparing for the race for months, said he thought the illness didn’t sound “too bad.”

Troubled times: he explained, “But it was really gnarled. It really was the most fearful and traumatic thing I’ve ever experienced ‘

He explained, “But it was really gnarled. It was truly the most fearful and traumatic thing I have ever experienced.

The presenter said that he had a panic attack that lasted for hours and that he had been given valium to calm him down.

He said, “It triggered a terrible physical panic attack that continued from about 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. And I went crazy. The good thing was they had to inject me with valium. It was like a light switch. I was like, “I’m fine, I want to go out.” ‘

Terror: Nick, known to fans and friends as Grimmy, then called his mother, Eileen, and broke down in tears remembering how close he had come to dying

Terror: Nick, known to fans and friends as Grimmy, then called his mother, Eileen, and broke down in tears remembering how close he had come to dying

Terror: Nick, known to fans and friends as Grimmy, then called his mother, Eileen, and broke down in tears remembering how close he had come to dying

Grimshaw was unable to speak to his mother until the day after he pulled out of the first day of the race. He said, “She thought it was absolutely insane when she watched the documentary. She said, “Don’t do it again, I almost had a heart attack.” ‘

The presenter admitted he was guilty for being taken out of the challenge on the first and second days due to his heat exhaustion.

He said, ‘I was really upset – because it was something I focused on and trained for, and I felt like I was going to abandon the team and disappoint people who had donated …

“So I had the crisis of ‘I’ve abandoned all these people, and I’m trying to do this thing and I can’t’.”

Heartache: Grimshaw managed to continue the Sport Relief Challenge on the third day and reunite with his famous teammates - skiing over difficult terrain

Heartache: Grimshaw managed to continue the Sport Relief Challenge on the third day and reunite with his famous teammates - skiing over difficult terrain

Heartache: Grimshaw managed to continue the Sport Relief Challenge on the third day and reunite with his famous teammates – skiing over difficult terrain

He managed to continue the Sport Relief Challenge on the third day and reunite with his famous teammates – skiing through difficult terrain.

Also on the expedition are Frankie Bridge, Karim Zeroual, Louise Minchin, Rob Rinder, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Samantha Womack.

The expedition aims to “help break the mental health stigma and raise money for mental health,” said Sport Relief.

He said, “After that [heat exhaustion] was successful, it was difficult. But it was just the right level of hard. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done – I really thought I would hate it. But there was something about that extreme challenge that I really enjoyed. I didn’t think I was.

“It was so difficult. I will laugh at every other exercise that someone asks me to do. I thought, could it be hotter than Ibiza than LA – yes. It was like being in the oven for a week.

“And of course you can’t ride it with sand, so it was the hardest thing ever. But if you asked me to do it again, I’d say yes. ‘

Proud to accompany him were Rob Rinder, Louise Minchin, Frankie Bridge, Samantha Womack, Karim Zeroual and Krishnan Guru-Murphy (left-right)

Proud to accompany him were Rob Rinder, Louise Minchin, Frankie Bridge, Samantha Womack, Karim Zeroual and Krishnan Guru-Murphy (left-right)

Proud to accompany him were Rob Rinder, Louise Minchin, Frankie Bridge, Samantha Womack, Karim Zeroual and Krishnan Guru-Murphy (left-right)

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