BAKE OFF judge Matt Lucas will be back on our screens as The Great British Bake Off series 13 is about to begin.
Matts’ ex-husband Kevin McGee tragically took his own life back in 2009, shortly after the pair’s divorce.
McGee was a TV producer for Carbon Media, which is a branch of TV company Princess Productions.
Who was Matt Lucas’ husband Kevin McGee?
Kevin McGee worked shows such as The Real Little Britain, Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05, Jump Britain and The Morning After Show.
Kevin and Matt married in a civil ceremony in December 2006 after four years of dating, with guests like Paul O’Grady, Courtney Love and Sir Elton John in attendance.
But by 2008 they were divorced, just 18 months after their wedding.
The TV producer, who struggled with drug addiction and depression, was found dead at his Edinburgh flat in October 2009 after taking his own life.
His apparent suicide note on Facebook read: “Kevin McGee thinks that death is much better than life.”
What did Matt Lucas say about Kevin McGee’s death?
Matt opened up about his loss and spoke about how people respond to grief in different ways, including turning to addiction.
He explained in the Sunday Times magazine: “I think people respond in all different ways to grief.
“I thought I was very conscientious going to a bereavement counsellor and not turning to drink, which I hardly ever do — I probably have six units a year.
“I’m not going to start smoking again, I’m not going to do drugs.
The actor added: “But I ended up eating lots and having lots of sex. That was how I responded. As much as anything I was trying to distract myself.”
Doctor Who star Matt said he later suffered extreme chills before deciding to leave the UK in 2012.
He went on: “I wanted to build a new life. The first thing (they say) when something as terrible as that happens is not to do anything radical.
“Don’t immediately sell your house when someone dies, don’t get a new job. But enough time had gone by for me to think now was the time to move on.
“I thought I had to go somewhere warm, so I went to California.”
How did Matt Lucas mark the anniversary of Kevin McGee’s death?
Matt, now 46, took to Instagram on the anniversary of Kevin’s death, sharing a beautiful photo of his former husband smiling.
He told his followers: “This is Kevin John McGee, who died ten years ago today.
“I loved him more than anyone I’ve ever met, and still do. He was so funny and silly and clever and kind and handsome and his smile made my heart soar.
“We were together for nearly six years and he made me the happiest man on the planet. In the end he lost his battle with addiction and depression. I guess some people don’t have the armour for this world.
“I think of him probably a hundred times a day, every day. In truth, I think of little else. I would give anything to see him again and maybe one day I will, but for now I will be grateful for the time we had together and the love we shared. It was like no other.”
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