We regret to inform this devastating news as Gareth Richards, a comedian, and Frank Skinner’s radio co-host, passed away at the age of 41. He was a lovely man and a great comedian.
He will be hugely missed by everyone who knew him. Many who knew him and his admirers were startled and concerned to hear how he died and what was his death cause.
In light of this, we make an effort to learn about and compile data regarding the circumstances of Richard’s passing. So, keep reading to learn what happened to him and what led to Richard’s passing.
What happened to Gareth Richards?
Frank Skinner’s radio co-host Gareth Richards passed away at the age of 41. The tragic news comes after Skinner sobbed during a broadcast of Absolute Radio last week, following Richards’ survival-threatening automobile accident.
His wife Laura issued a devastating statement to followers after confirming the comedian’s passing.
‘It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday 7th April (Good Friday) at 6:30 pm,’ she wrote. ‘He was in a terrible car accident on Monday 27th March at 11:30 pm and sustained serious brain injuries.
‘It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive. Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in stable and sedated condition. ‘However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace.
‘The boys are bearing up well.’ She added that details of her late husband’s funeral will be shared in due course, ‘as well as other ways’ to remember him, as she is aware that he was ‘well loved’. ‘At the moment the grief is a lot to cope with. Thank you all for your support and kindness.’
Cause of death
Gareth Richards dies after a ‘terrible’ car accident
The comedian, who often fills in and co-hosted Skinner’s Absolute Radio program for two years from 2009 to 2011, was involved in a serious automobile accident on the M25 on Monday near Heathrow airport (27 March). Gareth passed away on Friday, Laura Richards’ wife stated on Saturday (8 April) in a message posted on Facebook (7 April).
Gareth’s former co-host Frank Skinner’s statement
Gareth’s former co-host Frank Skinner broke down in tears in a heartbreaking moment on his radio show earlier this month as he revealed his pal was fighting for his life.
Speaking on the program, Frank said:
“One thing you have to learn to do in this line of work is out on a false front and the show must go, that’s what happened this morning.”
Talking to his co-host Emily Dean, he continued:
“We have been doing this show for 14 years and when we first did the pilot for it, me and Emily, it was rubbish, just the two of us. Couldn’t do it. “We got a guest on the next one who was Gareth Richards, who was brilliant on her and we asked him to do the show. And so for the first few years, it was me, Em, and Gareth. “He became a very close friend and has supported me on tour. Gareth and Emily are very very close.”
Explaining Gareth’s condition, Frank added:
“Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and it is not looking great for Gareth. He is in the hospital and he is fighting and it’s not looking great. I didn’t want to do this show without mentioning him.” Frank then appealed to listeners to keep Gareth in their prayers. “He is a fantastic bloke. I don’t know if any of you do pray but if you do, give one for Gareth this week,” he said.
An emotional Emily added:
“We love you, Gareth.” “We do,” Frank agreed. “I am not going to pretend, it’s bad but you know, there is always hope.”
Gareth co-hosted Frank’s show for two years and continued to make appearances on the radio show. He also supported Frank on his 2014 and 2020 tours.
Read below to know about Gareth’s Accident:
Following a car accident, comedian Gareth Richards is in intensive care.
On Monday at 11:55 p.m., Gareth Richards was involved in an accident on the M25 close to Heathrow Airport. The collision involved a couple of other cars and two lorries. In the wake of the collision, the highway was shut down for ten hours.
One of the victims needed to be extricated from his car and taken to a trauma facility. The Metropolitan police reported that the car’s driver had sustained some seriously fatal wounds. Richards’ identity and the vehicle he was traveling in at the time of the collision are still unknown.
A call has been made by police officials for any witnesses with information to come forward. No one has been detained in this case, but police are still looking into the circumstances that led to the collision.
Comment from his manager Lynne Johnstone:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, who are taking each day as it comes, as well as his friends. We are also in contact with them and are praying for a miracle recovery. He is in all of our thoughts, and we want him to survive.”
Since 2004, Richards has given live comedic performances. He performed his first solo stand-up act, Stand Up Between Songs, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and received a nomination for Best Newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He intended to do his ninth solo act at the festival in August.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late comic, with Ted Lasso star Lloyd Griffith tweeting: ‘This is heartbreaking. Gareth, you were the kindest man ever, and so so funny. ‘I used to watch this over and over again when I first got into comedy. Rest in peace pal xx.’
This Is Going To Hurt writer Adam Kay penned: ‘Indescribably sad about Gareth Richards. It is an almost unique eulogy for a comedian that every single person they met says what a kind, sweet person they were. Rest in peace, my friend.’
Fellow funny man Rhys James also tweeted: ‘I was a fan of Gareth Richards before I met him and was so thrilled by how lovely and hilarious he was offstage as well as on.
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