PIERS Morgan has spoken about the "devastating" and untimely death of his close friend in a candid interview about coping with grief.
The TalkTV host – whose new show Piers Morgan: Uncensored airs tonight – offered an insight into his private struggles in early life during an interview with Steven Bartlett.
The 57-year-old told the Diary of a CEO podcast: "The great thing you get as you get older and I'm 57 now, you learn about life – the good, bad and ugly.
"You learn from mistakes and things that have gone bad in your life.
"You learn that you either give up or keep pounding and that's what I always say to my kids.
"It invariably is fine, so they start to realise that I'm right.
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"Just keep going, don't give up on whatever it is. If it's a work issue, exam issue, relationship issue.
"I have these conversations all the time with my kids. They are people I spend most of my time talking to. They all need help and advice in different ways."
Reflecting on difficult conversations he's had with his three sons and daughter about the trials and tribulations of life, Piers said he worries this generation is "unnaturally anxious".
"What I try to do is have perspective all the time," he said.
"I've been there when it feels like the worst thing in the world when you lose a girlfriend you love or a job you love, you crash a car or lose a family member you love..
"Whatever it may be you'll always get things that test you. You lose your first friend who dies when you're young.
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"I remember losing one of my closest friends before he was even 30.
"It was devastating, absolutely devastating. But when it happens again and again with people you love you realise, that's life.
"Life is what it is. People you love and care about die. You have to learn to ride that wave of grief.
"It's not mental illness. It's not anxiety, it's actually something we have to deal with.
"Too many people these days feel unnaturally anxious about these things."
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