The event in question forced him to step down from Saturday Kitchen, the hugely popular show he had presented on the BBC for a decade.
While attending a food festival, James witnessed a friend die suddenly from a heart attack.
“I was in Dubai for a food festival about six months before I left Saturday Kitchen. There were 2,000 people in the room. I sat talking to this wonderful guy, same age as me, same kind of story about starting from nothing, only he’d gone to Dubai and set up one of the biggest publishing houses in the Emirates,” he recounted to MailOnline.
James continued: “He stood up to introduce the show, but while he was on stage, that was it. I saw him black out, hit the deck. Heart attack. He’d gone before he hit the floor.”
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