Keith Chegwin might have been fighting his own health battle over the last few weeks – but he still had time to help others.
The selfless TV star – who was on portable oxygen in the last two months – had been in touch with Katie Price after her mum Amy was diagnosed with the same terminal lung condition that killed him.
And on hearing about the star’s death last night after a ”long-term battle with a progressive lung condition” Katie took to Twitter to share her grief.
“I only spoke to him few weeks ago and he was giving my mum advice as she is suffering with the same lung condition my mum has which is IPF an incurable disease!”
She added: “He was such a very down to earth and extremely funny and absolutely loved his wife maria and children so much!
“I will miss him and so gutted as we were all trying to fit in a date to meet up.
“I’m just in shock how quick this has all happened since I spoke to him.
“RIP Keith and will continue with your advice for my mum.”
Katie’s mum Amy was told she had between three and five years left to live after being diagnosed with terminal lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Amy was given the heartbreaking news following an x-ray after initially going to hospital for asthma and a little cough.
Appearing with Katie on Loose Women earlier this year, Amy said that she wanted her daughter to be settled before she ‘pegs it.’
Keith was suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which causes fibrosis or scarring of the lungs, making the organ stiffer and breathing more difficult.
As was the case for Keith, the condition worsened over time, and there was no cure.
Smoking is thought to be a contributing cause, along with pollution, acid reflux, certain viruses and genetics.