Phillip Schofield was convinced pal Jason Donovan was going to tragically die from drugs


'I thought it would end in tragedy': Phillip Schofield was convinced pal Jason Donovan was going to die from drugs

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09:17 GMT, 4 May 2012

He famously collapsed at Kate Moss' 21st birthday party at the height of his drug addiction in the mid 1990s.

And now Jason Donovan's friend, TV presenter Phillip Schofield, has opened up about his concerns for the pop star.

Schofield has admitted he feared 'this is going to end in tragedy' and was convinced he was going to tragically die because his drug demons had spiralled out of control.

Fears: Phillip Schofield has opened up about his friend Jason Donovan, revealing he was convinced he would die during the height of his drug addiction in the mid 1990s

Fears: Phillip Schofield has opened up about his friend Jason Donovan, revealing he was convinced he would die during the height of his drug addiction in the mid 1990s

Fears: Phillip Schofield has opened up about his pal Jason Donovan, revealing he was convinced he would die during the height of his drug addiction in the 1990s

During a candid chat with Piers Morgan, which will air tonight on ITV1, the This Morning host said: 'Jason was at the time quite often chemically assisted.

'On a couple of occasions I went out for lunch with him and the next day
he wouldn't remember where we'd been or the fact that we'd met up.'

And Schofield was even considering holding an intervention because he was so concerned where Jason's life was heading.

He added: 'It was a shame to see someone who was always so handsome and adored, essentially coming apart at the seams.

'I can remember saying to my wife, “You know we should do something,
there must be something we can do to help”, because, I thought,
eventually this is going to end up in tragedy.

Candid chat: Jason, who has now been clean from drugs for 12 years, and Phillip both appear on Piers Morgan's Life Stories to open up about Donovan's drug demons

Candid chat: Jason, who has now been clean from drugs for 12 years, and Phillip both appear on Piers Morgan's Life Stories to open up about Donovan's drug demons

'He wouldn't be the first or last in that line of people who had
everything at their feet and had taken the wrong track and ended up
killing themselves.'

Schofield took over from Jason when he appeared on the West End stage in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1993.

Just two years later in January, 1995, Jason collapsed at Kate Moss' 21st birthday party at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, which had been arranged by her boyfriend at the time Johnny Depp.

Jason has now opened up about the terrifying incident during his chat on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, revealing he was driven away in an ambulance.

Donovan revealed: 'I'd been in Sydney taking drugs and then I flew to LA. I got hold of some coke there, I'm jet-lagged, it's an extremely strong
consistency of the drug and I spent my entire time in the hotel room. The only time I went out was to the party.

Longtime friends: Phillip has been friends with Donovan since he took over from him on the West End stage in 1993 - two years before his collapse

Longtime friends: Phillip has been friends with Donovan since he took over from him on the West End stage in 1993 – two years before his collapse

'It was an
embarrassing situation to be in, but I was a drug addict at the time. I just went back to the hotel, after they'd checked me out of the hospital and got back on it.'

And Schofield is still shocked that Jason managed to survive following his hospitalisation.

He told Piers: 'I think it was a case of stamina and luck that prevented him from dropping dead outside a club in Los Angeles.'

The former Neighbours star has now been 'clean' from drugs for the last 12 years since his first child was born, but he does admit he still feels the 'temptation'.

He said: 'Temptation is always there with everything in life, you know, it's how you approach things and what's important and, maybe in a funny way, I love a glass of wine now and I can still enjoy it.'

But he has managed to put his troubles behind him, having appeared in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as well as other TV appearances such as Strictly Come Dancing, relaunched his music career and welcomed more children to his brood.

And he is now gearing up to return to the cast of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds for The New Generation Tour.

He previously played The Artilleryman in the show, but Jason will now return as Parson Nathaniel, the disturbed holy man driven to insanity by the Martian invasion of earth.

Jason said: 'I am delighted and very excited to be going back on tour with The War of The Worlds and taking on the new role of Parson Nathaniel.

'The New Generation is going to have some fantastic effects and I, for one, can’t wait to see the 3D hologram of Liam Neeson! It’s going to be a whole new show and a whole new experience.'

Meanwhile, the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson will take on the new version of The Artilleryman and Neeson is taking over the voice of Richard Burton's The Journalist.

The full interview will air on Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Jason Donovan on ITV1 at 9pm tonight.