Craig Charles 'blanked' brother before he died

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Craig Charles

Craig Charles has revealed he "blanked" text messages from his brother just days before he died from a heart attack because he was busy preparing for his stint on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!'

Craig Charles "blanked" his brother just days before he died.

The 'Coronation Street' actor was forced to leave the 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' jungle last month after his older brother Dean suffered a fatal heart attack and he's now revealed he ignored his sibling's attempts to get in touch just days before he travelled to Australia for the show.

Craig shared: "Dean had left me a couple of text messages, before I came in, saying, 'Craig, how are you? Can we meet up?' And I'd kind of blanked him because I had too much going on.

"I thought, 'You know what? I'll leave it until I come out then I'll get in contact with him'."

However, just five days into the ITV reality show, the 50-year-old star - who has suffered with drug and alcohol addiction in the past - was given the tragic news that his brother had died and chose to fly home straight away.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "It was an absolute shock. I spent a lot of time at the bar in business class, raising a glass to our Dean, going over old times.

"That was as low as I've been in a long time. We've all had our ups and downs in life and me maybe more publicly than most.

"I've been low but I've chipped away and worked my way out of the holes I've dug for myself."

Craig is now focusing on his music and poetry and has vowed not to take his life for granted following his brother's shock death.

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