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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Video - Robbie Savage breaks down live on air as he admits the death of his father will haunt him forever

BBC and BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage in a moving moment on BBC radio
BBC and BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage in a moving moment on BBC radio
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage broke down on a live BBC broadcast, as he reflected on the agony of watching his father pass away after a long battle with dementia.

Savage opened up on his experiences of watching his father suffering with the debilitating Pick's disease, with his recollection bringing a tear to more than his own eyes.

Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff was visibly moved by Savage's story as he comforted his colleague in the studio, with the emotion pouring from the former Wales midfielder in these comments.

"My father had Pick's disease at 58 and passed away at 63," stated Savage.

"My mother was his sole carer and didn't want to put him in a home because she couldn't let him go.

"When he did pass away, he died of pneumonia and it was horrible to witness a man with a mental disease...to look at you and see straight through you."

Savage admitted he struggled to visit his father in a Welsh hospital in his final days, with his biggest regret coming at the end of his life.

"This was my Dad and I'm never going to see him again," he added, with his voice cracking.

"I've not told this to many people, but I'll never forgive myself..the day he died, I wasn't there. I'll never forgive myself for that.

"The first day I wasn't there, he passed away. I'll never forgive myself."

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