What was BBC Presenter Harry Gration’s Cause of Death?
Legendary BBC presenter and football commentator passed away suddenly on June 24, 2022. Harry Gration’s cause of death has not been announced at this time, but his death was confirmed by his wife.
BBC Yorkshire announced Harry’s passing on Twitter on Friday evening as the network paid touching tributes to their “much-loved friend and colleague”.
BBC Look North presenter Amy Garcia cried as she announced Gration’s death live on air. Amy’s voice: “As we close the programme tonight, I have some very sad news to share with you all.”
He continued: “Our much-loved friend and colleague Harry Gration very suddenly died today. We all at Look North are absolutely devastated to give you this news. Next week will give our time to pay tribute to Harry properly as that’s what he deserves.”
Harry Gration was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, on 22 October 1950. He was educated at St Peter’s School in York and spent five years as a history teacher. He served as a head of the history at The Rodillian Academy, a school in Lofthouse, Leeds.
Gration became a sports commentator on rugby league games which led to a contract with the BBC. Harry ended up resigning from his teaching post and then went into broadcasting when he joined BBC Radio Leeds in 1978.
The presenter started presenting Look North in 1982. By 2018, he had been broadcasting with the BBC for almost 40 years. Harry had a spell at BBC South Today between 1995–1999 which Harry co-presented with Sally Taylor.
Gration presented alongside Christa Ackroyd, Clare Frisby, Judith Stamper, and his most recent co-anchor was Amy Garcia.
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Harry Gration’s Cause of Death Remains Untold
Harry Gration’s death was confirmed by his wife Helen Gration, writing: “He will forever be with us.” His family has not released a statement surrounding Harry Gration’s cause of death.
“Our three boys and I loved Harry totally. We had an awful lot of fun with him and our home was his life,” Helen wrote.
In 2010 he starred on Top Gear. While supposedly reporting from Braithwell, English broadcaster, Jeremy Clarkson crashes a Reliant Robin in the background.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting. Hary appeared in the annual Christmas pantomime at the York Theatre Royal in a filmed part with its lead star and writer, Berwick Kaler.
The presenter appeared in women’s underwear in the 2016 production of Cinderella. On 13 October 2020, he announced his retirement from the BBC.
His final appearance as lead presenter on Look North was October 2020, the day before his 70th birthday. Gration was a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.
Harry performed the wedding ceremony between Johnny I’Anson and Keeley Donovan in June 2018, in Knaresborough. I’Anson broadcasts for the BBC and Donovan is a Look North weather presenter and reporter.
The TV presenter has six children in total, including 3 from previous marriages and twins Harrison and Harvey with current partner Helen. In 2019, the parents welcomed a sweet baby boy, whom they named Hamilton.
BBC Yorkshire honored Harry by writing: “Our much-loved friend and colleague Harry Gration died suddenly today. We are absolutely heartbroken to give you this news.”
BBC Director-General Tim Davie called Harry “an outstanding broadcaster and commentator” who had a “real connection with the public who saw him as one of their own.”
He continued: “Loved everywhere, but especially in Yorkshire, he will be hugely missed by his many fans and friends. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”