Jeremy Clarkson is worried he’ll die this year after turning 61.
The TV presenter reached the milestone in April, but is concerned he’ll follow in the footsteps of many of his friends and family who died at that age.
‘Everyone I know dies at 61. All my friends did, my dad did, that’s when you go. If I make it to 62, I’ll be here forever,’ Jeremy told Saga Magazine. ‘When dad died, I thought of him as an old man, but I don’t feel old.’
Candid: Jeremy Clarkson is worried he’ll die this year. The TV presenter turned 61 in April, and is concerned he’ll follow in the footsteps of many of his friends and family who died at that age
His father, Edward Grenville Clarkson, died in 1994 at 61.
‘When I see myself on screen I think, “Who’s that?” I always expect a 19-year-old to be looking back at me. But old people don’t look like we think they should,’ the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host added.
‘When my generation is in old people’s homes we’re not going to be dancing to Vera Lynn, it’ll be White Riot by The Clash.’
Jeremy suffered another loss this year when former Top Gear colleague – racing car driver Sabine Schmitz – passed away at a hospital in Trier, Germany, on March 17 aged 51 following a three-year battle with cancer.
Jeremy – who left the show in 2015 – returned to Top Gear for an episode called ‘a tribute to Sabine Schmitz’ last month.
Concerns: ‘Everyone I know dies at 61. All my friends did, my dad did, that’s when you go. If I make it to 62, I’ll be here forever,’ Jeremy told Saga Magazine
Sabine, known as the Queen of the Nurburgring, regularly appeared on the show alongside the trio before their shock departure to launch The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video in 2016.
Also appearing during the 30-minute special, which is available on iPlayer and will be aired on Wednesday at 7:30pm, was former presenter Matt LeBlanc who left in 2019 after joining in 2016.
Paying tribute during the emotional episode, which featured several throwback clips, Jeremy said: ‘She was fun and she saw driving a car as a fun thing to do and driving it quickly an even more fun thing to do. I think that came out.’
Tragic: Jeremy’s former Top Gear colleague – racing car driver Sabine Schmitz – passed away at a hospital in Trier, Germany , on March 17 aged 51 following a three-year battle with cancer
He added: ‘When she walked into a room it was as though everything just got a bit brighter and a bit louder.
‘She was turning everything up on your television until it was just [he shakes] just like that – and that’s what five minutes with Sabine was like.’
Jeremy suffered from COVID-19 over Christmas and feared that he would ‘die on my own’ from it.
The presenter wrote about his health scare in The Sunday Times, sharing that he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas.
‘It was scary!’ Jeremy suffered from COVID-19 over Christmas and feared that he would ‘die on my own’ from it
Clarkson said that after Googling his symptoms, he eventually got tested for coronavirus where it came back positive.
‘The doctor was very clear,’ the presenter recalled in his column in January. ‘I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.
‘Where, because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.’
Staying safe: The presenter, 60, wrote about his health scare in his latest article for The Times , sharing that he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas (Clarkson is pictured in September 2020, filming The Grand Tour in Scotland, wearing a face mask)
Detailing what happened, Clarkson explained he woke up drenched in sweat, suffered a persistent dry cough and went into isolation.
After batting off questions from friends about who could have given him the virus, Clarkson explained that he took himself off to bed with ‘the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale’ and waited ‘for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door’.
The Grand Tour host went on to explain that he was isolating in a small cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, and her children, and felt unclear about who he was allowed to have any contact with, adding: ‘I’m not going to lie — it was quite scary!’
Tested: Clarkson posted a snap of a negative COVID-19 test on Instagram two weeks ago before testing positive just days later
He went on: ‘With every illness I’ve had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue, but with COVID-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.’
Jeremy’s children – Emily, Katya and Finlo, from his marriage to second wife Frances Cain – visited him on Christmas Day for 40 minutes and shared a glass of champagne with him at a distance in the garden while he wore a ‘full body mask’ (under Tier 2 rules).
Masked men: Jeremy is pictured with his The Grand Tour co-star Richard Hammond [R] and producer Andy Wilman [C] en route to a filming destination in October
He recalled that no-one knew how safe this actually was and added in the article that despite people claiming to know a ‘great deal about COVID, we don’t’, the presenter also admitted that he has ‘absolutely no idea’ if he is even ‘better now’.
Clarkson hinted he had suspected coronavirus two weeks prior to this, posting a snap of a COVID antigen test to Instagram. Yet the result was negative, with a single line showing, and he celebrated by captioning it with: ‘Let’s rock.’
Medakit’s COVID-19 Antigen test used by Jeremy can detect an active coronavirus infection within 15 minutes
He was seen over the Autumn filming new episodes of his Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour, but the crew were sticking to strict safety measures.
Family: The TV host went on to explain that he was isolating in a small cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, and her children, and felt unclear about who he was allowed to have any contact with [Jeremy and Lisa are pictured in February 2020]
He was snapped on location in Scotland in September, social distancing and wearing a face mask. He also took a selfie on a plane with his co-star Richard Hammond and producer Andy Wilman in October, all wearing masks.
That same month, he was seen struggling to eat a fry-up with co-host James May during a break from filming, using disposable cutlery.
He branded an Instagram clip ‘COVID cutlery’, seen in the video having issues slicing up bacon.
Forkward: Clarkson suffered a cutlery blunder as he attempted to eat a fry-up while taking coronavirus precautions in October, branding it ‘COVID cutlery’
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