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Eamonn Holmes shares harrowing details of father’s death that has haunted his family ‘forever’

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes recounted his father's tragic death in detail after he shared his fury for an "idiotic and cruel" Celebrity Gogglebox edit.

The 60-year-old said he was "hurt beyond belief" that he was made to look like he was having a laugh after watching a child resuscitate his dad who was having a heart attack BBC's Ambulance and set the record straight on Twitter.

He tweeted: "I am hurt beyond belief that @C4Gogglebox chose not to use me talking about my Father dying from a Heart Attack at the side of a road and replace it with a funny story following a young lad giving his Father CPR. Idiotic and cruel edit."

The ITV presenter's father Leonard suffered a fatal heart attack while driving in the countryside of Northern Ireland aged 65 and recalled the harrowing experience in his 2006 autobiography, This Is My Life.

The presenter had been in London over Easter in 1991 when his parents and younger brother Conor spent the weekend in their caravan in seaside town Ballycastle, Antrim.

Following the weekend, Eamonn called his parent's home on April 3 hoping to hear all about their trip however there was no answer, nor to the call he made 30 minutes later.

At 7pm that night, Eamonn received a phonecall from his other brother Colm who told him of their father's death after he had taken ill returning from their trip.

The broadcaster wrote in his book that his father became unwell suddenly and had pulled over on the road and couldn't move from the driver's seat - but on a country road and without a phone the wasn't much Eamonn's mother Josie could do.

By chance a family friend, John Linehan, had been visiting the area and came to their aid while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Eamonn wrote: "When John got to the car, Daddy was still in the driver’s seat. Mum had already flagged someone down who telephoned for help.

"Conor, loyal to the end, took on the role of an adult and was still on the back seat, leaning over holding on to his dad.

He continued: "He grew up a lot that night. Realising his distress, John steered him away from what was going on. He then knelt beside Dad.

"As they waited for an ambulance, John kept talking to him until he became unconscious. He tried to resuscitate him but by the time the ambulance crew got there it was too late.

"At sixty-five years old, before he could retire from work and spend many more days with Mum, a heart attack had taken my dad away from us."

Upon hearing the devastating news, Eamonn rushed to Heathrow airport and managed to get on the final flight to Belfast so he could be with his family.

The TV star said that his mother Josie never got over Leonard's death, while Eamonn explained that he never got over the grief of seeing his father's body in the mortuary.

The haunting details of Eamonn's father's passing comes after he demanded an apology from Gogglebox bosses for an "idiotic and cruel" edit that showed him tell a funny story instead of discussing his father's death.

The 60-year-old said he was "hurt beyond belief" that he was made to look like he was having a laugh after watching a child resuscitate his dad who was having a heart attack BBC's Ambulance.

Eamonn wrote on Twitter: "In reply to a number of complaints ....I am hurt beyond belief that @C4Gogglebox chose not to use me talking about my Father dying from a Heart Attack at the side of a road and replace it with a funny story following a young lad giving his Father CPR. Idiotic and cruel edit.

"So following a tragedy that has forever haunted my family, I am in no mood for criticising holier than thou mouthpieces on here who haven't gone through what we did.

"I had nothing but praise and emotion for the Ambulance control room TV programme. An atrocious edit @StudioLambert.

"How my Father died was a particularly horrible experience for my Mother, my younger brother and his friend who were all in the car," he added.

"The resuscitation in The BBC Ambulance programme was as close as could be to my Dad's passing. Yet I am the one edited to make it look like a laugh."

A ten-year-old boy had called for help after his dad collapsed from a heart attack and stopped breathing.

He was given instruction on the phone by medics who helped him resuscitate his dad.

After the clip was shown, Eamonn was shown telling a story about driving Ruth to the hospital when she was going into labour.

He made a joke about getting her there on time and how they'd argued en route.

Celebrity Gogglebox edit of Eamonn Holmes watching BBC's Ambulance that left the This Morning presenter furiously demanding an apology

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