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Derek Francis JohnsonBorn: Friday 27th January 1950
Died: Friday 3rd January 2020 (age: 69)
Derek Acorah was an English TV host, known as spiritual medium in a number of shows, notably Most Haunted.
He was born in Bootle, Merseyside, and lived for much of his life with his wife Gwen in Scarisbrick, near Southport. His career on television started out in 1996 on Granada's Livetime/Psychic Livetime, before becoming involved with Most Haunted (formerly Haunting Truths) in 2001, a show he presented with Yvette Fielding until 2005. In 2004 he was presented with the Variety Club of Great Britain's Multichannel TV Personality of the Year Award.
He appeared in a number of television shows over the following years, including the self-titled Derek Acorah for Sky Real Lives, as well as appearances on shows like Harry Hill's TV Burp and The Weakest Link, plus of course his cameo in Army of Ghosts. He also used to go on tour with live shows around the country.
His career wasn't without criticism over his legitimacy as a medium; in 2009 he presented Michael Jackson: The Search for His Spirit, and controversially claimed to have received a message from missing child Madeleine McCann in 2012 - something he had to make a public apology for after media outrage.