David Attenborough set for heart operation
VETERAN broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is set to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker.
The naturalist, 87, has been forced to cancel a sell-out speaking tour of Australia because of the procedure after being advised that he is in "urgent need" of the pacemaker.
In a statement issued by the company promoting the tour, it said the broadcaster was due to undergo the surgery today.
"Sir David Attenborough is to undergo surgery in London today following advice from his cardiologist that he is in urgent need of a pacemaker," Lateral Event Management said.
"It is with regret, therefore, that Lateral Events CEO Simon Baggs announced that the forthcoming sell-out tour of Australia, scheduled to begin in Brisbane next week, has been cancelled.
"Sir David expressed his extreme disappointment as he said he was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future."