Chris Tarrant talks about stroke which nearly killed him

Chris Tarrant has said he is thought he was going to die following a stroke in March.

Chris Tarrant, 2002, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning to speak about his stroke and the fear that he was going to die during a flight from Bangkok to London. His agent Paul Vaughan told The Sun newspaper at the time that this was a “nasty wake-up call” for Tarrant.

“That was the longest 12 hour flight of my life. I was paralysed, the arm and the leg completely went, then it would come back after about half an hour, then it would go again, and so on – it went on like that all the way.” – Chris Tarrant

The former ATV presenter had been abroad recording a travel show for Channel 5. The 67-year-old Tiswas star was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital where he was treated and confirmed to have suffered a stroke. He told host Ben Shephard that a month ago he was “slurring” his words and wouldn’t have been able to do the interview today.

“I got to Heathrow and they were just amazing, they shot me to Charing Cross hospital… and I’m fine, arm, leg, talking, everything – I’m lucky, I’m very lucky, I’m quite tough but even so, I am lucky.”

He also spoke about his gratitude for the couple who helped him during his medical crisis. He told Good Morning Britain that a couple had asked if he was ok when they seen him slip in Bangkok and rushed to his aide at Heathrow airport when he fell to the ground.

“I don’t know where they [the couple]are, they were just such a nice couple, but I’d love to take them out and say, thank you I’m in really good shape.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6.00am on ITV.

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