Frank Skinner’s Former Co-host Gareth Richards Fighting For Life …

Broadcaster Frank Skinner broke down in tears as he announced on his radio show that his former co-host[1] Gareth Richards had been involved in a serious car accident.

Skinner told Absolute Radio listeners that Richards was fighting for his life after being injured in a road accident earlier in the week. Breaking down while discussing the incident, Skinner said: “Gareth was in a very big road accident this week and it’s not looking great for Gareth.

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The crash

Richards was reportedly involved in a serious collision near Heathrow airport on the M25. The accident involved a lorry and two other cars and led to the motorway being closed for 10 hours. A man was cut free from his vehicle and taken to a major trauma centre. Police said that the driver of the car’s injuries “have been assessed as life-threatening”.

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Richards’ connection to Skinner

Richards co-presented Skinner’s Absolute Radio show alongside Skinner and Emily Dean when it first launched in 2009. He and Skinner became close friends as a result, and Richards supported Skinner on tour. Skinner called Richards “a fantastic bloke” on the show and asked listeners to “give one to Gareth this week” in their prayers.

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Richards’ brother an Oscar winner

Joshua James Richards, Gareth Richards’ brother, won an Oscar and Bafta for Nomadland in 2021. He is in a relationship with director Chloé Zhao.

The identity of the other people involved in the crash is not known. The Independent has contacted Absolute Radio for comment.



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