Sunrise host Natalie Barr bursts into tears live on The Morning Show as she recalls her late father Jim’s struggle with heart disease
Natalie Barr collapsed on The morning show on Wednesday as she spoke about the loss of her late father Jim 20 years ago to heart disease.
The 53-year-old Sunrise presenter went on the Channel Seven morning program to raise awareness for The Heart Foundation.
When throwback images flashed on the screen of Natalie and her late father, she was overwhelmed with emotion and burst into tears.
Emotional: Sunrise host Natalie Barr burst into tears on The Morning Show on Wednesday as she recalled her late father Jim’s battle with heart disease
“I thought I could do this, I’m sorry,” Natalie said, struggling to speak.
“Oh Nat, isn’t it to see the pictures?” asked host Kylie Gillies.
Natalie went on to say that heart disease “devastates families.”
Memories: When flashback images flashed on the screen of Natalie and her late father, she was overwhelmed with emotion and burst into tears (pictured together)
“Fifty people die a day from heart disease… our family went through this 20 years ago and like many, many, many Australian families, it destroys your family and you never forget and never really get over it,” she said. .
“That’s why I support this cause.”
She went on to say that there are some preventive measures people can take to fight heart disease.
“We can do things to prevent heart disease, we can try to eat as healthy as possible, try to exercise and have our blood pressure checked,” she explained.
Awareness: Natalie joined the Channel Seven morning program to raise awareness for The Heart Foundation
Natalie lost her father Jim 20 years ago when he was 61 years old to left ventricular failure [heart failure].
In 2019, Natalie spoke about her father’s death with The Daily Telegraph and described it as the “worst day” of her life.
She was then six months pregnant with her eldest son Lachlan, now 17.
“I was home after reading the late news when I got a call that my father had passed away. It was the worst day of my life,” she said.
“According to the report, my father Jim had died of left ventricular failure. You never forget those things. He’s been gone for 18 years and I’m still upset.
“He went with me to the ultrasound of my first son, Lachlan, and had never been there. He took the photo with him and showed his friends at the golf club, and said ‘that’s my grandson’ – he was so damn excited.’
Jim complained of heartburn after playing golf with friends and died tragically just hours later.
Natalie said her “one regret” was that she couldn’t convince him to quit smoking.
For more information, visit The Heart Foundation website.
So sad: In 2019, Natalie spoke about her father’s death and described it as the “worst day” of her life. She was then six months pregnant with her eldest son Lachlan, now 17