It’s been reported today that BBC presenter and former newsreader Andrew Marr is still in a “serious” condition in hospital having suffered a stroke.
However, it’s understood that he’s able to speak and is “doing well” as a specialized team are assisting him to recover.
53 year old Andrew was rushed to hospital after suffering chest pains on Tuesday night, prompting his wife Jackie to call 999.
The Mirror reports that a BBC insider said, “Andrew felt in pain on Tuesday night and was rushed to hospital.
“It was a scary time for him and his family. But thankfully he has responded well to treatment.
“His family sound positive and he seems to be recovering well…
“With strokes it is difficult to know the full prognosis for some time but we are working on the assumption we will need guest presenters for his shows for a few weeks at least.
“And then we will see what happens.”
The stroke came rather much out of the blue – as they’re wont to do – as on the previous Sunday, Andrew was in good health as he quizzed PM David Cameron on his chat show.
After hearing about Andrew’s collapse, the BBC issued a statement which read, “Andrew Marr was taken ill yesterday and taken to hospital.
“The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke. His doctors say he is responding to treatment.
“We will continue to broadcast The Andrew Marr Show and [his Radio 4 programme] Start The Week with guest presenters in his absence.
“Colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery.”
And many of those colleagues have joined Andrew’s fans and friends in sending him messages…
Labour leader Ed Miliband said, “My thoughts are with Andrew and his family. Hope he gets well soon.”
And former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wrote onlie, “Terrible to hear Andrew has had a stroke. Pauline and I send our very best wishes to Andrew and Jackie.”
Author Salman Rushdie added, “So sorry to hear about Andrew Marr’s stroke. All the best to him and his family and here’s to a full and speedy recovery.”
X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary added his message to Andrew which read, “Get well soon Andrew Marr. Up there with Dimbleby as a BBC crown jewel.”
And of course, all of us here at Unreality TV wish Andrew a speedy and full recovery.
Here’s a reminder of him in action on his BBC show…