Jim Watt pays tribute to his “wonderful girl”

Michelle Watt
Michelle Watt

An agonising spinal procedure which left Michelle Watt in constant pain led to her death, her father has said.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, former Scots boxing champ Jim Watt, from Kirkintilloch, paid tribute to his daughter (38), who took her own life after suffering crippling pain for months.

Jim said she had lost her spark and “ceased to be Michelle” after her health issues, which began last year.

Eye problems and blackouts forced worried medics to carry out a lumbar puncture, which in turn left the TV presenter in agony.

She was found dead at her home in Stirlingshire last week.

Jim said: “She was in constant pain and wasn’t sleeping. It knocked the stuffing out of her.

“Her appetite went and the weight was falling off her. She had no enthusiasm – she didn’t want to see anyone or go anywhere. The spark just went. She just ceased to be Michelle.”

Despite bringing her home to Kirkintilloch for weeks at a time to help nurse her, Jim, his wife Margaret, and her husband Paul and daughter Jaymi, were left heartbroken by her death.

Jim described Michelle as the “most wonderful girl in the world”.