Gogglebox’s Jonathan Tapper left ‘fighting for life’ during coronavirus battle

52-year-old appeared on the series from 2013 until 2018

Adam White
Sunday 19 April 2020 08:53
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The Tapper family on Channel 4's Gogglebox
The Tapper family on Channel 4's Gogglebox

Gogglebox star Jonathan Tapper was left “fighting for his life” as he battled coronavirus, his wife has revealed.

The patriarch of the Tapper family, who appeared on the series for five years, struggled to breathe and was unable to move after being struck by the illness.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Jonathan’s wife Nikki said: “One night Jonathan came home from work and was unable to move. He had a cough and high temperature. He laid down on the sofa and – with no exaggeration – he stayed there for two weeks in our lounge room.”

She continued: “We tended to him as best we could, but at times he seemed unable to breathe. Having spoken to the doctors, they urged us to stay home, but they said to quickly get an oxygen monitor, which fixed to his finger.”

52-year-old Jonathan was particularly at risk for coronavirus due to his age, as well as underlying health conditions.

In 2019, he lost three stone in 12 weeks to combat a diagnosis of diabetes.

“I’ve never been so afraid,” Nikki added, recalling that she “kept vigil” at her husband’s side throughout the first night of his illness.

“I couldn’t believe how pale he was, heaving with every breath … Luckily, with the help of [the NHS helpline] 111, we got through to the next day.”

Two weeks after first coming down with the illness, Jonathan is said to still be resting, and his health is improving.

The Tapper family, which also included daughter Amy and son Josh, were one of the early breakout families on Gogglebox. They appeared on the first 11 series of the show, with Josh departing one series earlier after winning a place on a Downing Street graduate scheme.

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