Judge Rinder fought back tears on This Morning as he revealed that his grandfather has died of the coronavirus.
The TV presenter and lawyer said that the 92-year-old passed away two nights ago after contracting “this terrible disease”.
He told the ITV show’s hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: “The thing is that he survived the Second World War and he was a man that determined and conspired to see joy in the world.
“As much as there is terrible and appalling news out there, we also as a community, as neighbours, as a country, need to remember that there are thousands of people who are recovering from this disease every single day.
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“That our police are doing their very best, our frontline workers are too and that we as a nation are responding positively.
“That’s absolutely the message that I know that he would have wanted to share.”
The star – whose real name is Robert Rinder – said that although it had been a very difficult time, he would remember his grandfather in that positive way.
Rinder, 41, revealed last week that he suffered coronavirus symptoms but refused to pay for a test himself because NHS staff had not been given access to them.
The star believes he has had the illness and spent 20 days in self-isolation after suffering a high fever and a persistent cough.
He told This Morning: “I'm just through the other side of it. It's been 20 days. And I feel well now.
"I think I did [have coronavirus] but because frontline NHS staff can’t get tests I refused to pay for one. But I’m sure I'm fine.”
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He described his symptoms as: “Terrible temperature, appalling cough and lying with my feet on the ground. My head on the bed, in a coma watching the Kardashians. So I must have been really ill."
Celebrities who have tested positive for the coronavirus include former Emmerdale star Linda Lusardi, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.