If Jan Moir so much as murmurs I will personally find her and slay her.

Kristian was a fine, charming, complex, rather dazzling man. TV is duller and straighter and drearier without him. I was proud to have met him, hung out with him, known him a little.

It’s desperately, desperately sad.

31 Comments

  1. Michael

    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I hadn’t heard the news, so was shocked to see it on your site first. He seemed a lovely, charming guy. He will definitely be missed

  2. Ali

    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I hadn’t caught up with this news – how terribly terribly sad.

  3. Dinah Needham

    March 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Very sad news about Kristian. I was a big fan of his
    and loved his charismatic personality, and wicked
    sense of humour. I hope this is an appropriate Hebrew
    proverb for him:-

    ‘Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in
    thankfulness that he was’.

    diddly-i-di

  4. Dancer from the Dance

    March 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Alistair, be careful please.
    What is going on with all these deaths?
    I can’t even imagine seeing you
    on the news like this. I hope this
    will never happen. x

  5. Juliano

    March 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I was real upset to hear of Kristian’s death.
    I always though how kind and gentle he seemed. I didn’t know how much he loved Derek Jarman. If I had I would have tried to get in touch and…you never know. Rest in Peace Kristian~~~neverending journey 😉

  6. Andy

    March 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Such a sad day. Obviously, I didn’t know him
    personally, but he was a smiling face and a warm
    personality on the telly.
    He was gifted, bright and enthusiastic.

    We need more Kristian Digbys, and less Jan Moirs.

  7. ann

    March 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    So sad for his family and friends. He was loved not only in the UK but also in other countries.

    Rest in peace and may we all remember your love and sense of humour.
    To know the other is to know yourself.

    Thanks for posting your memories Alistair.

  8. Susan

    March 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Kristian will be missed so much. He was handsome, witty, charming, just delightful. He was the only reason to watch “To Buy or Not To Buy” and his rapport with Ed Hall was amazing.

    The world will be a darker, sadder place without you Kristian.

  9. Paul

    March 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    so sad. Kristian was an inspiration and achieved so much in a sadly short life. My thoughts are with his family and all his friends.

  10. Alasdair

    March 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I was sorry to hear about Kristians death! At the same
    time Jan Moir is as entitled to her view as you are to
    yours.

  11. DQTLondon

    March 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    How very, very sad.

    Kristian’s life, energy and beauty shone brightly through his smile and his eyes.

  12. Stew

    March 4, 2010 at 4:17 am

    We are all truley blessed to have been graced with his presence for 32 years.
    Is it greedy to have longed for more?

  13. Asud

    March 4, 2010 at 4:55 am

    He was a great presenter. Made things seem so much brighter and richer.
    His death marks a bad day in my life time.
    One of those days when things just don’t seem right.
    If that’s how I feel, I cannot imagine how people who knew him in real life feel.

  14. MelR

    March 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I was gutted to hear about Kristian. He was a gifted
    presenter – witty, sparkly, himself. I wish that he’d
    been able to stay with us a bit longer. xxxKristian.

  15. Liesbeth

    March 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

    How terribly, terribly sad!!
    What a waste of a wonderful human being.
    What a waste of a great talent!

    My thoughts are with his family and all his
    friends.

    R.I.P Kristian.

  16. Lou

    March 5, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Alistair – Kristian will be sadly missed.
    Don’t let JM get on your wires, by bringing
    her to everyone’s attention, you are creating
    more curious readers to “that” paper, which
    I buy everyday – need something to light
    my fire with!!

  17. lori

    March 5, 2010 at 3:20 am

    R.I.P Kristian Digby, from Canada.

  18. Keith

    March 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    As an American gay man, I had seen Kristian on
    occasion as I watch BBC America. A truly wonderful,
    out proud and beautiful gay man who is an example to
    us all. I am truly sad to see him go. His bright &
    shining star has simply moved from walking with us
    here to his place among the cosmos. Bravo!

    Alistair – Love your Blog. Love You. Saw your Bahia
    vid. Brilliant. I want to go RIGHT NOW! How is your
    chucka-chucka-chucka going? Cheers & Hugs
    Keith

  19. Shirley

    March 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I came on your site wondering if you had mentioned this tragedy. I was driving home when I heard the news and it was such a shock. His family will need support. We’ll not forget him.
    x

  20. Mark

    March 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Alistair. It is very sad news . I have found myself thinking about that fact that Kristian

    has gone at moments when I stop for a cuppa or am in the car .

    I never knew him, but felt that I did. The sign of a natural communicator.
    He seemed like a lovely man, he had a style all his own and a real sparkle in in his eyes.
    Such a sad sad loss .

    Mark

  21. Diane

    March 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    It’s terrible sad news and is a massive loss for the daytime TV shows that he was on. He was such a lovely bloke that it made daytime TV very enjoyable. He will be missed very much here as we’re a household of property show addicts. I feel for Kristian’s family.

  22. Barrie

    March 7, 2010 at 7:15 am

    A great guy and presenter who will be sorely missed. He oozed confidence, charisma and profesionalism. An all round genuine guy who was true to himself. He proved it is ok to be eho you want to be. Live life to the full.Inspired many. Agree with your comment on JM. I know she has her oppinion but specultion on matters like this are not required. A true, talented gentleman has gone before his time. Never forgotten and always remembered. RIP Kristian.Bx.

  23. Robert

    March 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    This was a shock when I read about it, such a terrible loss. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. In particular, a quote from Walt Whitman seems appropriate”We two boys together clinging, one the other never leaving” go in peace gentle spirit.

    Yours Robert

  24. Geoff Coupe

    March 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t think I ever saw Kristian Digby on TV, so I can’t say that his death has affected me much. But I understand your comment about human vultures such as Moir. My sympathies are with Digby’s family and friends. It’s a loss.

  25. Valerie W

    March 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Sorry to hear about the death of a friend. Its never
    easy.

  26. Athene

    March 11, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Sad but true..everybody dies, for all of us its a
    little at a time, the bits that you no longer need
    disappearing at a rate of knots, unmissed –
    to the point that you only think to catch up and take
    stock when you realise a part of you has changed beyond
    all recognition. A transformation of true beauty
    leaving you to breathlessly take yourself in in all your
    newness. This is death. Death of the self. But then this
    is birth too. If you are really lucky the journey to
    newness is swift and complete. All we can hope for when
    it happens is for our soul to accept that our time in
    this imprint is done. God speed to the Kristian.x

  27. Sarah

    March 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Life is but a passing to a better place,
    these young deaths are so tragic,
    they do say the brightest stars die the soonest.

    I know death is inevitable however I do think that it is such
    shame that these people who I only know through records or tv
    but seem friendly, honest and wonderful people should die
    so young before they have had chance to live a long full
    and hopefully happy life.

    I am only now starting my life, finding myself, becoming
    the person who has been trapped and controlled by others for
    way too long and now being released, at 42 next month I
    could not imagine dying so young. I would never have had
    a chance to find me.

    I wish his family and friends find some peace in all these
    comments of sympathy and love.

    Hope as someone who knew him that you are not too sad by his
    passing but can remember him as the happy lovely person he
    appeared to be and you would know him as. take care hugs xox

  28. Mary Lunn

    March 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I was devastated by Kristian’s death. He was such a
    warm person you felt you knew him.

  29. Lou

    March 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Alistair
    I really enjoyed watching the memorial to Steven
    last night on the telly, and I hope that you are
    going to use your “powers of persuasion”, to make
    sure that Kristian has a “prime time memorial”,
    that all his doting fans can watch – no pressure!!

    LOL
    Lou

  30. Sandra

    August 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    1 week from now it’ll be 6 months and I still can’t believe it. Never met him, but he wrote to me and sent me 2 beautiful signed photos. I’ll cherish those gifts for the rest of my life.

    Rest in peace Kristian. Thanks for everything, you great good wonder…

    Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
    Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
    These are the units to measure the worth
    Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.
    Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?
    But had he befriended those really in need?
    Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,
    To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
    Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
    But how many were sorry when he passed away?

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