BGT audition released after entertainer's death

The audition tape of a Scunthorpe man wowing Britain's Got Talent judges has been released - after his death, aged 38, in July.

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Emotional last interview of Scunthorpe performer

An entertainer from Scunthorpe, who died shortly after auditioning for Britain's Got Talent, has found the fame he longed for.

Martin Morgan had epilepsy, and died suddenly in July. His audition was never shown.

His friend Paul Walker campaigned for it to be released - and he has now put the footage on youtube.

He has also given ITV Calendar a documentary which he was making of Martin - in which the performer vows he will 'never give up'. Helen Steel reports:

Words of inspiration from entertainer shortly before death

Martin Morgan died from Sudden Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in July.

Earlier in the year he had auditioned for Britain's Got Talent - and wowed the judges.

But he did not make it through to the final round - and his audition was never shown.

After his death, his friend Paul Walker campaigned for the footage to be released, and the production company has now given it to him. He has put it on YouTube and the audition has already had thousands of hits.

Martin was already well-known in his adopted hometown of Scunthorpe, and Paul was in the process of making a documentary about him.

In this moving interview with him, Martin talks about his disappointment at not getting through to the live finals - and how he would never give up:


Unseen BGT audition released after entertainer's death

An audition which never made it to TV has been released by Britain's Got Talent - after the death of an entertainer from Scunthorpe.

Martin Morgan was sent through to the next round by the judges, but he died a few months later in July.

Paul Walker films Martin Morgan for a documentary

He was already something of a local celebrity, with his friend Paul Walker part-way through making a documentary about him when he died from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

Now, after an internet campaign led by Paul, the footage has been released and is causing something of an internet sensation.

Paul also says it's had other benefits. He said: ''Not many people knew anything about SUDEP, and lots of people who have epilepsy have come forward to say they now know the risk factors of SUDEP.''

What is SUDEP?

If a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and unexpectedly, and no obvious cause of death can be found, it is called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

The causes have been shown to be connected with seizures. The exact cause is not known and there may be no single explanation. However, it is thought that seizure activity in the brain may sometimes cause changes in the person’s heartbeat or breathing. This could cause the person to stop breathing or their heart to stop beating.

Risk factors of SUDEP

It is estimated that SUDEP happens to one in every 1,000 people with epilepsy. There is no way of predicting who will be affected by it. However, some people with epilepsy have a higher risk than others. The single most important risk factor is uncontrolled generalised tonic-clonic seizures. This is a type of seizure that causes the person to lose consciousness. Their body goes stiff and then starts jerking.

SUDEP has occurred in people who had seizures very often, and also in people who did not have them very often. However, the risk is thought to be higher, the more seizures you have. The risk of SUDEP if you are seizure-free is very, very low. And, SUDEP is rare in people who are newly-diagnosed with epilepsy.

For ways to reduce risk factors, click here

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