Anne Diamond recalls the awful day she lost her son to cot death

Anne Diamond recalls the awful day she lost her son to cot death

“I just couldn”t let go”: Anne Diamond recalls the awful day she lost her son to cot death

12:50 AM on 16th August 2011

Precious moments: Anne cuddles her healthy baby boy, Sebastian, who died aged just four months

Precious moments: Anne cuddles her healthy baby boy, Sebastian, who died aged just four months

Grief: Annd and Mike Hollingsworth carrying their son

Grief: Annd and Mike Hollingsworth carrying their son”s tiny coffin

Please don’t think, for a minute, that I live in a constant state of mourning, like Miss Havisham, with a cobweb-strewn nursery upstairs and a penchant for the morbid and tragic.

Breakfast favourite: Anne, pictured here with co-presenter Nick Owen, was at the height of her fame when tragedy struck

Breakfast favourite: Anne, pictured here with co-presenter Nick Owen, was at the height of her fame when tragedy struck

The cold of his body was chilling – the back of his head, where I always put a steadying hand, felt like a ball of stone. His face seemed cruelly squashed and his flesh deadly white, except for purple blotches where the blood had settled.

“It”s lovely to have a baby in the family again”: After the death of Sebastian, Anne went on to have another son

Anyone who’s ever been through anything this tragic knows that real life can appear so unrealistic no film director would accept the storyline.

Lighting fires: After the death of Sebastian, Anne and Mike kick-started a cot death awareness campaign

Lighting fires: After the death of Sebastian, Anne and Mike kick-started a cot death awareness campaign

Sweet dreams: The number of cot deaths has reduced dramatically in the last 20 years. Research shows that the risk is cut if babies sleep on their backs

Sweet dreams: The number of cot deaths has reduced dramatically in the last 20 years. Research shows that the risk is cut if babies sleep on their backs