Claims television and radio presenter Chris Tarrant suffered a heart attack at Heathrow airport have been dismissed by his agent. The ITV personality however did fall ill during a flight from Bangkok to London on Saturday.
Tarrant on ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
The 67-year-old alerted cabin crew that he was suffering from an asthma attack on the plane and had an ambulance waiting for him upon his arrival at Heathrow airport. He was then taken to Charing Cross Hospital ‘as a priority’ where he spent the weekend. He is expected to be discharged later today.
The former Tiswas and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host became short of breath during the flight with his agent reporting the star continued to be tired for some time after the incident. Gossip had suggested Tarrant had suffered a heart attack, with some even claiming he’d collapse in the airport foyer.
Tarrant on ATV’s Tiswas.
His agent noted that the attack was possibly brought about due to the poor air quality during the long flight and dismissed claims of a heart attack. The agent added however Tarrant had also not been feeling particularly well prior to boarding the flight home.
The presenter had been abroad recording a travel show, and had passed all the required insurance health checks before departing.
After fifteen years Tarrant hosted the last-ever edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? last month for ITV. He began his television career with ATV Network’s ATV News before becoming a regular on children’s series Tiswas. He also spent seventeen years with London’s Capital Radio breakfast show and more recently has hosted programming on BBC Radio 2.