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Dragon Duncan (63) in heart scare

TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne is in hospital recovering from a suspected heart attack.

THE 63-year-old Dragons' Den star was rushed to Darlington Memorial Hospital yesterday after he fell ill at the headquarters of his gym business in the town.

He was well enough to tweet from his bed to his 540,000-plus followers, telling them: "Hi. In hospital attached to a few wires feeling tired but am sure I will be discharged tomorrow fit & well."

And he followed it with: "Today was my first trip inside an ambulance & with siren wailing. Hope it is the last. LoL."

A spokeswoman for the Bannatyne Group said: "Everyone at the company is very concerned and upset, but we know that Duncan is a very strong person and we are confident he will make a full recovery."

Bannatyne's business interests include health clubs, hotels, property, media and transport but he is best known as a tough-talking investor on the BBC show Dragons' Den.


He has written five self-help books on becoming a success in business and managing money, was awarded an OBE for his charity works and is a vehement anti-smoker.

Bannatyne, who is a keen user of Twitter, tweeted yesterday morning: "It is Monday so start the week on a positive note & stay positive".

Fellow Dragon Theo Paphitis said he had spoken to his friend in hospital and Bannatyne told him he did not think he had suffered a heart attack.

Paphitis tweeted that Bannatyne was "well" and undergoing tests.

Bannatyne's daughter Abi tweeted: "My dad was taken into hospital late this morning, he is stable and that's all I can say for now."