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Mr Motivator has announced his granddaughter Hadassah has died at the age of 12 after a five day battle with meningitis.

The health expert, 68, whose real name is Derrick Evans, shared that his granddaughter passed away in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

He said in a statement to PA : "It's not meant to happen like this.

The circle of life dictates that parents and grandparents go first.

'you are not supposed to bury your child or your grandchild.

We have to fight on no matter what."

derrick added : "i want to remind everyone to tell your loved ones every day how much you love them."

Sad news: The health expert shared that his granddaughter passed away in Antigua, where she lives with her mother, in the early hours of Thursday morning

the star, who rose to fame in the early 90s by leading workout routines in his colourful spandex on gmtv, is believed to have had a very close relationship.

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.

According to PA, Mr Motivator's wife Sandra has flown to Antigua to be with the family following Hadassah's death, and the fitness experty is expected to join them in the coming days.

Last October Derrick Evans was awarded an MBE following his lockdown workout videos (Image: BBC)

Evans found fame in the 1990s with many appearances on the breakfast show GMTV, where he performed live fitness sessions and offered advice to viewers.

He went on to release a number of fitness videos and formed a production company with his son.

in a statement, the gmtv star told of his heartbreak at his grandchild's death.

Hadassah was the daughter of Derrick's eldest daughter Caroline Evans Charles.

Mr Motivator rose to fame throughout the 1990's following GMTV appearances (Image: GETTY)

Derrick was awarded an MBE last year as part of the postponed Queen's birthday honours list.

he was honoured for his services to health and fitness after helping people stay fit through lockdown with his online home workouts.

Hadassah had been battling meningitis for five days before her tragic death in the early hours of this morning.

He also urged people to tell their loved ones how much they mean to them.

Tragedy: Mr Motivator, 68, has revealed his granddaughter Hadassah has died at the age of 12 after battling meningitis for five days

The little one was one of four.

READ MORE : Naga Munchetty bids farewell to BBC Breakfast co-star amid final shift Evans will join her as soon as possible, PA reported.

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