Former Celebrity Big Brother star and horse racing pundit John McCririck has died, aged 79. McCririck’s family confirmed the news in a statement on July 5.
“Award winning journalist, broadcaster and for many years the face of British horse racing, John McCririck, passed away at a London hospital on Friday 5th July aged 79,” the statement read.
It continued: “Despite suffering ill health in recent months, John continued to make several TV and radio appearances. He is survived by Jenny, his wife of 48 years. His funeral will be private.”
Jenny did an exclusive interview with The Sun and revealed John had been secretly battling lung cancer.
“The cancer spread and whenever he had immunotherapy it left him weaker and weaker and then you get an infection,” she told the tabloid. “That’s how he died. But we had the best doctors. They did all they could.”
McCririck entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2005 before returning to the show in 2010 for Ultimate Big Brother, which would be the final series on Channel 4. He guest hosted Big Brother’s Big Mouth with his wife Jenny and returned to the house in 2015 for the Hotel BB shopping task.