'Freeze the Fear' viewers moved by Gabby Logan sharing her grief over her brother

Watch: Gabby Logan opens up on brother's death in chat with Wim Hof

Gabby Logan brought Freeze the Fear viewers to tears last night as she opened up on the heartbreak of losing her brother in his teens.

The BBC sports reporter, 48, is taking part in Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, which challenges a group of celebrities to push their physical and mental boundaries with the help of cold water therapy and breathing techniques.

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In last night's episode on BBC One, there were emotional scenes as some of the group opened up to Hof, known as The Iceman for his enthusiasm for cold water, about their personal losses.

Logan spoke about the death of her brother, Daniel Yorath, who passed away aged just 15 while playing football with their dad Terry, a former Welsh national player.

Gabby Logan Professor Green and Tamzin Outhwaite
Gabby Logan and her fellow celebrities had an emotional chat. (BBC)

She was 19 when she lost her brother, who was later found to have had the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Logan said: "Obviously we had as a family a very traumatic time and the ripples of that continue through all of our lives now.

"When you think back to our life before Daniel died and we're not that family any more, it's almost like you lose a limb and have to work out how to use the rest of your body, because it never grows back., that limb, so life never is the same again, it's just a different kind of life."

Viewers were moved by Logan's openness on her family tragedy, with many not used to seeing her talk about personal issues.

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One fan tweeted: "@GabbyLogan fair play, I’ve always respected you as a no nonsense presenter, but tonight you have excelled yourself in your openness and honesty."

Someone else added: "@GabbyLogan that was very moving and real Gabby, maybe my wine had something to do with it but the tears were flowing, didn’t know anything about your brother. Big cuddle sent to a big stoic woman."

Gabby Logan spoke to Wim Hof about her family. (BBC)
Gabby Logan spoke to Wim Hof about her family. (BBC)

Another viewer wrote: "Heart-breaking watching @GabbyLogan drop her guard to Wim Hof on #FreezeTheFear tonight. A beautiful moment from such tragic circumstances."

Some of those watching praised Logan for talking about grief and said that it made them think about their own experiences.

One viewer tweeted: "You put it so well, when you said that we are never the same again after a loss. Good to have a cry and some release."

Someone else agreed: "You are a credit to your family and anyone who has ever suffered such a loss. The pain never goes, how you deal with it as you do is the important thing. Thank you for sharing."

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof continues on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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