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Jeremy Clarkson fears dying at the same age as his dad after turning 61

Jeremy Clarkson reveals his fears about dying young (Picture: Rex)

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed his fears about dying before his time as he reached the age that his dad and his friends have died.

The Grand Tour presenter turned 61 in April and confessed it has made him aware of his own mortality, but insisted he ‘doesn’t feel old’.

He added that if he ‘makes it’ to his next birthday he will feel able to relax.

He told Saga magazine (via The Mirror): ‘Everyone I know dies at 61. All my friends did, my dad did, that’s when you go “If I make it to 62, I’ll be here forever.”

‘When dad died, I thought of him as an old man, but I don’t feel old.’

Jeremy revealed that when he watches himself on telly he doesn’t recognise his face as he still sees himself as a teenager in his head.

‘But old people don’t like we think they should,’ he went on.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? star previously opened up about his ‘scary’ bout of Covid-19 over Christmas.

After testing positive, Jeremy told The Times: ‘The doctor was very clear: I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.

‘Where, because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.’

He added: ‘With every illness I’ve had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue, but with Covid-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.’

The TV star says he ‘doesn’t feel old’ (Picture: Getty)

As well as fronting The Grand Tour with pals James May and Richard Hammond, the TV star has been pouring his energy into his farm, which will be the subject of a new Amazon Prime series.

He’s taken to it like a duck to water, taking his sheep to the pub and running his farm shop Diddly Squat.

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