Family of pensioner who died of coronavirus thank This Morning

Family of man who delighted This Morning viewers by singing and dancing at his care home reveal he’s died from coronavirus and thank the show for ‘making his dreams come true’

  • Pensioner John appeared on show last month from his care home in Rotherham 
  • Delighted fans after bursting into a rendition of  Roy Orbison’s ‘Penny Arcade’ 
  • The pensioner passed away earlier this month after contracting the coronavirus  
  • Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield read statement from family on the show 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

The family of the pensioner who delighted viewers by bursting into song during his This Morning appearance have thanked show for ‘making his dreams come true’, after he died from coronavirus earlier this month. 

The man called John, from South Yorkshire, delighted fans of the show last month after he spontaneously burst into a rendition of Roy Orbison’s Penny Arcade during an interview. 

The Dearnlea Park Care Home in Rotherham hit the headlines in March when residents made cards with messages to their loved ones on Mother’s Day, with John’s telling coronavirus to ‘do one’. 

Today on the show, hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield read a statement from John’s family, thanking the NHS and the care home for all their hard work looking after the pensioner – as well as the show for allowing him to appear. 

John (pictured), from South Yorkshire, delighted fans of This Morning last month after he spontaneously burst into a rendition of Roy Orbison’s Penny Arcade during an interview 

John, pictured on his wedding day, spent the last eight months of his life in the Dearnlea Park Care home in Rotherham and earlier this month died of coronavirus 

Phil read: ‘Thank you to This Morning, you made his dream come true. His last eight months were spent living in Dearnlea Park Care home, where he kept all the staff and residents entertained. 

‘The support our family has received has been overwhelming and shows how much he was loved throughout the community. 

‘We’d like to thank the NHS and the carers and staff at Dearnlea park for taking care of John.’  

Earlier this month, Phil expressed his sadness after learning of John’s death, tweeting: ‘this is heartbreaking’, before promising he and co-star Holly Willoughby would pay tribute to John when they returned to the ITV show after their Easter break.

Today on the show, hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (pictured) read a statement from John’s family, thanking the NHS and the care home for all their hard work looking after the pensioner

As well as showcasing his vocal talents, John also showed off some of his dance moves,and left everyone entertained 

Phil conveyed his sorrow at the news earlier this month, writing: ‘This is heartbreaking’ and promising to pay a tribute when he and his co-host returned to work 

Phillip was informed of the news after someone tweeted: ‘It’s with great sadness that John from Dearnlea Nursing Home has sadly passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. Please join our village in playing the song he sang on This Morning “Penny Arcade” at 7pm on Saturday.’ 

John delighted This Morning fans when he appeared on the show last month from the Dearnlea Nursing Home, after he burst into a rendition of Roy Orbison’s ‘Penny Arcade.’

As well as showcasing his vocal talents, John also showed off some of his dance moves, and left everyone laughing as he had earlier held up a sign which read ‘Coronavirus can do one.’

Following his performance, Holly exclaimed: ‘If you’re going to be on lockdown, you want to be on lockdown with John.’

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