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Eamonn Holmes: I thought I would die in on-air panic attack

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Eamonn Holmes has opened up about how he was plagued with panic attacks after the sudden death of his father.

Belfast-born Holmes (58) admitted that he had suffered a number of attacks in the past, including one live on air, during which he thought he was going to die.

"Looking back on it, it was a result of the sudden death of my father and not being able to say goodbye to him. I think that I associated being away from home with bad things," the This Morning presenter said.

His father Leonard died suddenly of a heart attack aged 64, which left Eamonn guilt-ridden as he didn't get the chance to say goodbye.

Holmes, who hasn't had a panic attack in 27 years, revealed that his coping strategy was telling himself that he wasn't going to die.

The broadcaster was prompted to share his story on This Morning when he and wife Ruth Langsford interviewed mother-of-two Sophie Mei Lan, who films her anxiety attacks to show her 25,000 YouTube subscribers what the disorder looks like.

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