Judge Rinder reveals grandfather has died of coronavirus

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Robert Rinder attends the launch of Judge Rinder's new book "Rinder's Rules: Make the Law work for you!" at Daunt Books on October 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Judge Rinder attends the launch of book "Rinder's Rules: Make the Law work for you!" in 2015 (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Judge Rinder fought back tears on This Morning as he revealed that his grandfather has died of the coronavirus.

The TV presenter and lawyer said that the 92-year-old passed away two nights ago after contracting “this terrible disease”.

He told the ITV show’s hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: “The thing is that he survived the Second World War and he was a man that determined and conspired to see joy in the world.

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“As much as there is terrible and appalling news out there, we also as a community, as neighbours, as a country, need to remember that there are thousands of people who are recovering from this disease every single day.

“That our police are doing their very best, our frontline workers are too and that we as a nation are responding positively.

“That’s absolutely the message that I know that he would have wanted to share.”

The star – whose real name is Robert Rinder – said that although it had been a very difficult time, he would remember his grandfather in that positive way.

Judge Rinder poses for photographers upon arrival at The Sun Military Awards 2016 in London, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Judge Rinder poses for photographers at The Sun Military Awards 2016 (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Rinder, 41, revealed last week that he suffered coronavirus symptoms but refused to pay for a test himself because NHS staff had not been given access to them.

The star believes he has had the illness and spent 20 days in self-isolation after suffering a high fever and a persistent cough.

He told This Morning: “I'm just through the other side of it. It's been 20 days. And I feel well now.

"I think I did [have coronavirus] but because frontline NHS staff can’t get tests I refused to pay for one. But I’m sure I'm fine.”

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He described his symptoms as: “Terrible temperature, appalling cough and lying with my feet on the ground. My head on the bed, in a coma watching the Kardashians. So I must have been really ill."

Celebrities who have tested positive for the coronavirus include former Emmerdale star Linda Lusardi, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.