Tony Blackburn describes heartbreak of sister’s death to Covid ‘It’s made me cautious’

Tony Blackburn describes heartbreak of sister’s death to Covid ‘It’s made me cautious’

May 31, 2021

Tony Blackburn says death of his sister has made him 'cautious'

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Tony Blackburn has warned people to be “cautious” following ease of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic while emotionally speaking about the death of his sister Jackie, who died from Covid. The 78-year-old radio DJ said his sibling’s death had hit him hard.

Tony made his comments during an appearance on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House while discussing the upcoming date to lift lockdown.

The radio star said it had been a “horrible year” and warned that COVID-19 had not gone away.

He urged listeners to be careful as life slowly begins to return to normal.

The proposed date for lockdown to end in England is currently June 21, but that could be delayed.

Asked if he had lost anyone during the pandemic, Tony spoke of his sister.

“Yes, I have. My sister,” he sadly said.

“She died of Covid about six or seven weeks ago, so it really hits you when it happens to someone close to you in the family, and so many people have.

Going into further detail he admitted that the loss had made him “very cautious” about going forward.

“She was on oxygen for a week and she came out and she never really recovered from it.

“She had had a stroke as well, so she wasn’t very well and she was disabled as well, but nevertheless, it makes you… It’s made me very very cautious,” he admitted.

This comes after the news that Britain is on course to have half of its adult population vaccinated with both doses of the Covid vaccine this week.

While England invited people aged 30-31 to get their jab, in Wales the roll out has been offered to 18-29-year-olds.

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Back in March, Tony paid tribute to his sister on Twitter.

The BBC Radio Two presenter informed fans that he would be taking a break from his usual Sunday show in order to grieve.

“I hope you enjoyed my @bbcradio2 shows this weekend which were recorded before I got the sad news that my lovely sister Jackie had passed away,” he wrote online in view of his 78,200 followers.

“She had been in hospital with Covid and had been home for a week but lost the battle.

“I love you Jackie R.I.P,” he added.

After being inundated with love and support from social media users, he returned to the microblogging site to share a follow-up tweet.

“I need a bit of time to get over my sad news so won’t be doing my Sunday Show this week, but will be back next week.

“Thanks for all the lovely messages my friends have sent me it’s very kind of you.”

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