CHRIS Evans told Virgin Radio Breakfast Show listeners that his mum Minnie was "petrified" of dying just before she passed away.
The host, 53, brought up the emotional exchange while interviewing author Bill Bryson, 67, about his latest book The body on today's show.
He questioned whether the continual advance of healthcare helping to extend peoples' lives was necessarily always a good thing.
He said: "My mum died last year, and the most striking thing about her passing was she told me she was frightened because it took her quite a while to pass away.
"She didn’t want to be frightened. She was petrified, and it was only around the corner, and that’s the other reason people don’t want to hang around.
"I don't want to be frightened. I’ve had a wonderful time."
Chris's mum Minnie died on May 3, 2018, aged 92.
The DJ heard about her passing just before he went on air for his Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
He handed the show over to Vassos Alexander and made a moving tribute.
The star said: "Good morning. The reason I'm not with you today is because just before I came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with my family.
"But it's all OK, in fact it's very OK, mum needed to be at peace.
"Moreover, she needed to be at peace for some time now and, as she has throughout her life, in death she has brought us together. She was an incredible woman.
"Anyone who has ever met her will tell you that, ultimately, there was no battle lost, only a life won. Every single day. I'll be back tomorrow.
"If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her she would have been furious.
"I hope you have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow."
Elsewhere on today's show Chris's co-star Rachel Horne transformed into Catherine The Great to celebrate the launch of The Sky Atlantic drama tonight.
She said: "Well Chris I'm not sure if you're aware that from today you can watch Catherine the Great. Well I wanted to see what it would be like. It feels empowering. I feel amazing. Catherine the amazing.
In the Sky Atlantic four-part drama series multi award-winning Helen Mirren plays the lead that delves into the life of Catherine, who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century.
The first episode of Catherine the Great is available to view on the Virgin Radio website – virginradio.co.uk
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