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Thursday 20th June 2019

SAS: Who Dares Wins viewers left heartbroken as recruit opens up about wife’s death

Fans call recruit number 6 an "inspiration"

SAS: Who Dares Wins viewers were left in tears after a recruit opened up about his wife’s suicide just six months ago.

Recruit number 6, Mark Peart, who had been progressing well in the competition was brought in to discuss how he was doing with hosts Jason Fox and Ant Middleton.

Jason Fox and Ant Middleton asked Mark if he was holding anything back on SAS: Who Dares Wins (Credit: Channel 4)

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The 27-year-old firefighter was asked if he was holding something back from them to which he explained he was using the show as an escape from his troubled life.

He said: "I lost my wife six months ago. She committed suicide. She were perfect in honestly every single way. She were beautiful, she were funny, like a fairytale.

"But she just just had these things which ate away at her. Her own self-esteem, anxieties, I’m still really lost with it and don’t fully understand. I don’t think I ever will."

Viewers were in tears as Mark talked movingly about his wife's suicide on SAS: Who Dares Wins (Credit: Channel 4)

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He heartbreakingly continued: "I just can’t see a cure for it. I can’t see anything that anyone can say to me that’s going to make it easier."

I’m still really lost with it and don’t fully understand. I don’t think I ever will.

Leaving the room after his interrogation, he revealed he was the first to find his wife, Chelsey, 27, at their Rotherham home where she hanged herself.

He said: "It weren’t her. With mental illness, that’s the stigma of it all it’s that people don’t believe it’s out of their control.

"She loved life. So I know 100 per cent it wasn’t her choice. You just think, 'why didn’t she ring me that day or talk to me and tell me what were happening?' Because I know I could have talked her down."

Mark opened up about the loss of his wife during an interrogation (Credit: Channel 4)

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Viewers flocked to Twitter to praise on Mark for his bravery. One fan wrote: "Just caught up with #SASWhoDaresWins #number6 comes in from work to find his wife hanging in an unexpected suicide and still finds the strength to carry on. That is pain and that is gutsy. What an inspiration."

Another added: "Wow number 6. You are an inspiration."

Ant Middleton puts the recruits through their paces on SAS: Who Dares Wins (Credit: Channel 4)

Others took to twitter to praise the programme for talking about mental health issues. One viewer wrote: "Love how #SASWhoDaresWins is reflecting a lot on mental health. @antmiddleton @ollie_ollerton @jason_carl_fox @billingham229b loving the show and the amazing work thanks to you guys will hopefully help with the stigma of mental health #itsoknottobeok." (sic)

While another wrote: "Keep thinking about Mark’s (6) story in #SASWhoDaresWins last night. That guy has some spirit. I had a friend who commited suicide, but can’t imagine what Mark went through. Makes me even more determined to beat my own mental health problems. Great work @antmiddleton and team." (sic)

The recruits are pushed to their limits on the show (Credit: Channel 4)

Others confessed that the show had, had them in tears with one viewer writing: "#SASWhoDaresWins breaks my heart every week! What an incredible guy, what a warrior, so much respect!"

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