The father of Sky History's The Chop contestant Darren Lumsden today declared 'I'm alive' after the channel claimed he was dead to defend his son’s Nazi-style tattoos
Sky said Darren Lumsden's face inking of the number 88 was in memory of the year his late father Trevor lost his life - and nothing to do with a code meaning Heil Hitler.
But today his 66-year-old parent revealed he was very much alive - and living in a smart three-storey house in Bristol, not far from his carpenter son.
Trevor told MailOnline: 'I'm here aren't I?' I'm alive and kicking so I'm not dead yet.'
Darren's father has short term memory loss after a serious motorbike crash more than 30 years ago.
He lives in a shared house and has support workers popping in to help every day.
The father added: 'I haven't seen Darren for some years, I didn't now he had tattoos over his face or that he was going to be on TV.
'But if they are saying I'm dead I'd like them to know I'm not.'
Father-of-two Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured, is competing on Sky History's new show The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker. However, a trailer for the show featuring Darren sparked protests when some viewers suggested the '88' on his face was a 'neo Nazi tattoo'
Trevor, originally from Stockton-on-Tees had two sons, Wayne with his wife Gail and Darren from a later relationship.
His support worker, who didn't want to be named, said: 'I've never seen either of them and I've been looking after him for 10 years.
'Trevor has short term memory loss after a brain injury in a motorbike accident but he remembers his two sons.
'He's a lovely man and very much alive.'
Sky History yesterday axed the new show after viewers spotted Darren appeared to have various 'Nazi tattoos' on his face.
The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker, featuring comedian Lee Mack, had invited carpenters to test out their skills to be crowned Britain's best.
Darren Lumsden is seen with a prominent 88 on his cheek (circled bottom) and 23 and 16 allegedly inked at his temples representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power' (top)
Here the '16' can be seen, allegedly representing 'white power when combined with the '23' on his other temple. And the number 14 is seen (circled top) representing '14 words' a popular white supremacist slogan
But after the channel tweeted a trailer introducing Darren, viewers were quick to single out one of his tattoos - a prominent '88' on his cheek - which they took as a right-wing symbol.
They said the number 88 in white nationalist or neo-Nazi circles can be used as a code to represent 'Heil Hitler', because 'H' is the 8th letter of the alphabet.
Viewers also spotted a number of other potential white supremacy symbols on Darren's skin, including 23 and 16 inked at his temples, allegedly representing the numerical equivalent of 'white power'.
He was also accused of having a sig rune symbol - used by Nazis to symbolise victory and often mistaken as a lightning bolt - on the right side of his nose, and a number 14 on his scalp which can represent '14 words', a slogan coined by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.
However before announcing that they would not be broadcasting the show, the channel defended Darren's tattoos, claiming that '1988 is the year of his father's death' and that the tattoos 'have no political or ideological meaning'.
The father-of-two, from Bristol is one of ten contestants on the now axed show, which was due to start on Thursday, and is filmed in Epping Forest.
British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos on Darren
British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr Adam Rutherford, confirmed that he had spotted several other numerical tattoos