Tony Blackburn recalls being rushed to hospital as ‘collapsed’ from illness

Good Morning Britain: Tony Blackburn talks about his battle with sepsis

Tony Blackburn has detailed being rushed to hospital earlier this year after he collapsed from a serious illness.

The 80-year-old confessed he didn’t realise how unwell he was until he woke up in hospital and was surrounded by family and friends.

Appearing on Friday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, the BBC star spoke to hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard about his sudden illness.

Tony confessed he had appeared on Ben’s ITV game show Tipping Point two weeks prior to his health taking a turn.

He said: “I went home, I collapsed on the floor. I had pneumonia in me, I didn’t realise.”

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Tony revealed he was rushed to A&E and the doctor told him he’d be in hospital for a while.

He added: “I had sepsis, I had poisoned blood and it went into the heart, I think probably, if they hadn’t caught it soon I wouldn’t be here.”

Curious, Kate questioned whether or not he felt a bit under the weather before being admitted to the hospital.

Tony confessed he was on tour at the time and wasn’t feeling too well after one of the shows before collapsing a few days later.

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He continued: “I was doing shows with pneumonia, as it’s very difficult to know if you’ve got it or not.

“I felt just a little bit under the weather I suppose a bit, but I was going on doing the shows and enjoying them and that was it. I didn’t realise I was so unwell.”

Viewers were quick to comment on Tony’s appearance as they highlighted how well he’s looking.

@Jamesogrady551 commented: “Tony Blackburn looks fantastic.”

@Naphtali72 added: “Tony Blackburn looks Great!! Glad he’s all better now.”

@teenamassam tweeted: “Tony Blackburn is really funny…”

@hellyfairclough said: “Tony Blackburn is a complete joy! What an inspirational man.”

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