Friday 27 April 2018

Gay Byrne returns to hospital this week for more tests after heart attack

Broadcaster Gay Byrne was discharged last week
Broadcaster Gay Byrne was discharged last week
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne will have to return to hospital for further tests following his sudden heart attack last week.

Mr Byrne (81) told the Irish Independent that he was discharged from St Vincent's Hospital following initial treatment on the condition that he return for further tests. Speaking from his Sandymount, Dublin, home yesterday afternoon, the radio and television icon said he is recovering well.

"I will be going back into hospital later this week," Mr Byrne confirmed.

"That was the condition of me getting out."

He added that he did not know if he was due to have any particular procedures in hospital but indicated he would probably undergo a series of tests to determine a future treatment plan.

It is not known how long Mr Byrne will remain in hospital once he is re-admitted.

"I am busy recuperating and am being well looked after," he said.

Since he was first admitted to hospital, Mr Byrne has been inundated with messages of support from his numerous fans.

He thanked all the well-wishers for their kind words last week.

The broadcaster previously suffered a health scare in 2011 when he was admitted to hospital after he became unable to breathe.

Mr Byrne became a household name during his long tenure as host of 'The Late Late Show'.

Following on from his four decades at the helm of RTÉ's flagship entertainment show and a lengthy career in radio, Mr Byrne continues his broadcasting success with the popular religious series 'The Meaning of Life' on RTÉ television.

In previous episodes, he has asked stars and familiar faces such as Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins and Hozier to discuss their attitudes to life, religion, spirituality and the afterlife.

A new series of the programme is due to be aired later this month, with guests including American comedian Ruby Wax.

Irish Independent

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