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Nick Knowles, 57, who hosts DIY SOS, has taken to Twitter to express his condolences to a guest on the show who tragically died after their episode aired. The BBC presenter, who helped their family through the difficult time, said he is “missed” and was “so loved”.
Who is missed & was so loved
The DIY SOS episode focused on Darren Hudson and his son Oliver, who was disabled.
In 2017, Oliver and Darren were diagnosed with degenerative spinal conditions, leaving them both unable to walk.
Darren told the show he had been sharing Oliver’s room downstairs in their house after his wife tragically died earlier on in the year.
Nick and his team transformed the house which Darren shared with his other son Harvey and step-son Mike.
Today, Nick announced his sadness online after finding out Oliver had sadly died.
In view of his 154,000 Twitter followers, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star shared a picture of Darren and Oliver to pay a tribute.
He wrote: “We @DIYSOS send condolences to Darren & familiy on the sad passing of wonderful Ollie who is missed & was so loved,”(sic) followed by a love heart emoji.
It wasn’t long before many fans took to the comments section to send their thoughts.
One commented: “That show had me in pieces. I only caught it at the midway point so didn’t get a full backstory and was still bowled over.
“Great, meaningful TV. RIP Ollie.”
Another wrote: “This is absolutely devastating news. Tonight’s #diysos was a real tear-jerker.
“Darren is clearly a wonderful person and he has a lovely family.”
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They continued: “Can’t imagine what he and Ollie’s brothers are going through. Life is so terribly cruel.
“Great job on the house btw.”
A third also remarked: “I’ve never felt more heartbreak for a family thank I have just watching that episode then reading that tweet. God bless.”
Darren spent months in hospital before he could return to his family home as he could no longer go upstairs to bed.
Speaking about how Nick and the DIY SOS team helped Darren transform their home, he said: “Roofer and dad-of-three Darren is used to some hard knocks but this devoted dad was shattered when he too started to use a wheelchair.
“Darren is now a carer to a severely disabled son in a house that he can’t get around.”
He added: “His other sons, Mike and Harvey, have stepped up to the plate. But this is a family struggling.
“To pull this family back from the brink, we are going to need a monumental effort. From an incredible band of traders.”
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