Jeremy Clarkson Opens Up about His Health Worries: “I Think About Dying Every Day”
The new episode of The Grand Tour, Carnage A Trois, has been released to Amazon Prime Video as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May explore the interesting world of French cars as they race to the channel.
But behind the filming of The Grand Tour, Jeremy was also working on his farm for the highly praised show, Clarkson’s Farm. And now, the ex-Top Gear presenter has revealed his feeling behind his health and how this reflects in his work.
Talking to the Guardian, he talked about his fears of death as he reached the same age his father died.
He told the media company: “I used to think I’d put out my last cigarette age 107 and just die. But I stopped smoking four years ago.
“When my dad died at 61, I thought, ‘That’s a pretty good innings.’
“Now I’m 61, if I died, I’d be furious, I’m nowhere near finished.”
He added, laughing: “So, yes, I think about dying every day. There’s your headline.
“In 40 years, I shall be dead and nobody shall remember me.”
Jeremy caught COVID during the Christmas of 2020, and this seemed to provoke his reflection on his health, writing at the time that he’d “die alone in a plastic tent”.
Writing in his column for The Sun, he said: “My knees give me no confidence when I’m coming down a flight of stairs.
“My back locks solid if I attempt to walk up a hill.
“My lungs feel as if they’re on fire if I even look at a bicycle, and when I go for a swim it feels as though I have a small car on my back.”
The presenter continued: “Things aren’t going to get any better, because soon there will be lumps and gristle and hip operations that will force me to spend what time I have left in a rocking chair, trying to finish an interesting story in the Reader’s Digest about azaleas.
“It saddens me to think that I have now dived off a boat for the very last time, and been down my last black run.
“I may never see the dawn again, either, unless I have to get up early for another annoying stagger to the loo.”
Best of luck! I am a month away from 62. Heart and sugar issues. i joined the Neptune Society. How ever i cant get the popcorn package. From what i’ve seen on tv of you. And the antics i’ve been through. We had a great time getting in this mess! Never forget our reality is better than most peoples fantasy’s. Have a great day!