Mr Motivator’s granddaughter dies of meningitis aged 12: ‘It’s not meant to happen like this’

Fitness fanatic and workout superstar Mr Motivator is heartbroken after losing his 12-year-old granddaughter to meningitis.

Hadassah was just 12 years old and died five days after contracting the disease.

Mr Motivtor, real name Derrick Evans, shared a devastating message encouraging people to treasure their loved ones and make the most of their time with them.

He urged people to to tell their "loved ones every day how much you love them.”

In a statement Derrick, 69, said: “It’s not meant to happen like this. The circle of life dictates that parents and grandparents go first.

“You are not supposed to bury your child or your grandchild."

The health and wellbeing coach continued: “We have to fight on no matter what.

“I want to remind everyone to tell your loved ones every day how much you love them.”

Hadassah was the daughter of Derrick's eldest daughter Caroline Evans Charles.

Mr Evans’ wife Sandra has flown to Antigua to be with their daughter's family and he will joining her as soon as possible.

The Jamaican-born British fitness instructor has four children with his wife who he married in 1996.

Known for his upbeat personality and colourful workout outfits, Mr Motivator was a staple to morning TV in the 90s.

The fitness guru was award an MBE in October last year as part of the postponed Queen's birthday honours list.

He received the honour for his services to health and fitness and for helping people stay fit through lockdown with his online home exercise routines.

Between 1993 and 2000 his popularity on the morning breakfast show GMTV led him to release a string of successful workout videos.

He left GMTV in 2000 and went back to Jamaica but did make a guest appearance back on the show in 2009.

In 2019 when he had his big comeback he spoke to The Sun: "My message is more important now than it has ever been.

“Over 75 per cent of the population does no exercise, isn’t that crazy?

Speaking on how easy it is to just sit and order everything online he continued: "I want people to realise fitness can be as accessible as ordering your food online — with one click you can get a free workout online."

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