BGT star Darcy Oake lost brother to addiction
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 June 2014
'Britain's Got Talent' finalist Darcy Oake wants to use the money from the show to fund a rehab facility after his brother died of a drug overdose
'Britain's Got Talent' finalist Darcy Oake wants to use the money from the show to fund a rehab facility after his brother died of a drug overdose.
The Canadian magician, who has wowed judges with his routines on the ITV talent show, was left devastated after his sibling Bruce was found dead in March 2011 after becoming addicted to heroin, crystal meth and painkillers.
Darcy, who admits he struggled to cope for years after the tragedy, told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "The last time I saw him was that Christmas. He had been clean for more than a year and had a job and girlfriend.
"Three months later my mum rang me at 7am and told me he was dead. Nobody was prepared and nobody got to say goodbye to him. It just happened.
"It's this devastating, crushing thing. When someone dies like that, you don't get answers.
"It took years for me to deal with it and it changed me. It taught me what's important."
Bruce's battle with drug addiction started when he began hanging around with a bad crowd of people at school and by 21 he was a "full-blown" addict.
Darcy revealed his brother was once so desperate to get drugs he bought then from a cancer patient and had eight stints in rehab but struggled to stay clean.
The illusionist said: "It is so hard to watch someone who you love fighting against something like that. I was really close to Bruce and would have done anything for him."
Darcy travelled from Canada to audition for 'Britain's Got Talent' and is will go head-to-head with fellow finalists on Saturday (07.06.14).
He hopes making money from the show will help to set up the rehab clinic in Bruce's memory.
He added: "It would make a big difference. But it's not just about the money. It's about presenting a craft I'm proud of to the audience."