Earlier this month reports suggested that Chris Tarrant had suffered a heart attack during a flight from Bangkok to London. Tarrant’s agent later said it was possibly an asthma attack. It has now been revealed as a mini stroke.
A spokesperson for Tarrant said on March 2nd that the former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Tiswas host would possibly be released later that day. However the 67-year-old remains in hospital following taking ill on March 1st.
Original reports suggested upon Tarrant’s arrival at Heathrow airport he had collapsed. These were dismissed as untrue, however the airport confirmed they did have an ambulance on stand-by for the presenter and upon arrival he was taken to Charing Cross Hospital ‘as a priority’.
The presenter had been abroad recording a Channel 5 travel show, and had passed all the required insurance health checks before departing.
Today however it has been revealed the one-time Capital Radio DJ had been rushed to hospital following a mini-stroke which happened during the 11-hour flight. Tarrant’s agent Paul Vaughan told a tabloid newspaper that the mini-stroke was most likely brought on by asthma and bronchitis. The agent had previously noted poor air quality during the long flight which contributed to Tarrant feeling unwell.
The doctor describes it as a mini stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane. They found a clot which they managed to break up. He is determined to leave hospital. But he’s not going back to work. This is a nasty wake-up call. – agent Paul Vaughan quoted by The Sun
The newspaper adds that Tarrant is spending his nights at the hospital, but has been allowed to leave during the day. Doctors discovered a blood clot in one of the former ATV Today reporters’ legs, performing an emergency operation to remove it before it could dislodge, which would have lead to a much more severe stroke.
Pictured Top: Tarrant on WWTBAM and bottom: ATV’s Tiswas.