DIY SOS star dies aged 47 following motor neuron disease battle as tributes pour in

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team

Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 16/08/2023

- 14:08

Jason Liversidge appeared on DIY SOS: The Big Build back in 2015

Tributes have poured in for Jason Liversidge following his death at the age of 47.

He won the hearts of the nation back in 2015 as he had his home transformed on DIY SOS: The Big Build.

Liversidge was diagnosed with motor neuron disease a decade before he died.

However, he always put on a defiant display and earned quite the reputation as a daredevil for his adventures following the diagnosis.

Liversidge took on the daunting challenge of scaling Mount Snowdon and even has a Guinness World Record after pulling off a hair-raising feat.

In 2020, he became a world record holder for being the fastest electric wheelchair racer after hitting 67mph in a custom-built chair.

Jason Liversidge

Jason Liversidge has died at the age of 47


During his appearance on the BBC show in 2015, host Nick Knowles and his team converted Liversidge's house into an easily accessible home to accommodate his needs.

His wife Liz confirmed the news of his death on Facebook in a post that read: "Jason Liversidge died peacefully at home surrounded by his girls at 22.59 on the 5th August 2023.

"Thank you for being the best husband and father that we could ask for.

"You will be forever young and remain alive always in our hearts and minds. We love you! Fly free my love."

Tributes soon flooded in following his wife's Facebook announcement, with one person replying: "What an absolute fighter and an absolute hero.

"So sad but he's achieved amazing things in his life and his legacy inspires others. Thinking of you all and sending love."

While a second weighed in: "Sending so much love. Jason was a true warrior and inspiration. Until we find a cure there will be no finish line. RIP."

Another echoed: "Jason and your family did so much to raise the profile and awareness around this devastating disease."

Jason Liversidge

Jason Liversidge was a world record holder


Liversidge's condition left him nearly entirely paralysed and unable to speak in the years up to his death.

MND is currently an incurable disease but does spread and progress differently in those diagnosed.

After the symptoms are first discovered, the average life expectancy is between two to five years.

However, a tenth of sufferers can live at least 10 years or more.

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