Simon Thomas bravely admits he considered suicide after wife Gemma’s death

Simon Thomas bravely admits he considered suicide after wife Gemma’s death

March 21, 2019

Simon Thomas has bravely revealed that he considered suicide following the tragic death of his wife.

The Sky Sports presenter lost his wife Gemma in November 2017, just days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Simon has now admitted that he thought about taking his own life on more than one occasion.

The 46-year-old says thinking about his son Ethan is the only thing that stopped him going through with it.

Simon opened up about his suicidal thoughts at a special event for terminal illness charity Marie Curie.

At the event, part of the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal, Simon said: "I didn’t cope very well, I’ve been to a grief counsellor since three weeks after Gemma died, it really helps me. Grief is painful whoever you’ve lost and whatever time in your life you lose them.

"I had a decision to make and there were at least two moments where I nearly did end it. My boy has been the single biggest reason I kept going.

"There is no moving on. That person going leaves a gigantic hole in your life that no-one or nothing can ever fill.

"Once you realise that, it does change things. It’s about rebuilding life around that gap. For the sake of Ethan I had to find life again. My relationship with Ethan is so much more profound than it ever was."


The event, which took place at The Hospital Club, London, saw Anneka Rice host a thought-provoking conversation around grief with panelists Cariad Lloyd, Dustin Lance Black, Gary Andrews and Simon.

Marie Curie’s new Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, also held a moving interview with Paul Chuckle about the death of his brother Barry, who was cared for by Marie Curie Nurses just six months ago.

* Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

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