The Sun newspaper is reporting tonight that TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon is in a medically induced coma after contracting a mystery respiratory virus.
He has been in a critical condition for a week, after initially being diagnosed with pneumonia across both lungs.
A source close to Richard told the Sun: “This is an extremely worrying time for everyone who loves him.
“Doctors started treating him for pneumonia but it soon became apparent that it wasn’t working and his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse.
“They had no choice but to put him into a medically induced coma to save his life because things spiralled so fast, but that was a week ago and they are no closer to finding out what is wrong with him or how to help him.
“It’s touch and go, and extremely upsetting for everyone who loves him. They are beside themselves with worry.”
Richard, currently 42 years old, began his TV career as host of the children’s show Blue Peter.
He was fired 18-months later and has since presented such shows as The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, and reality TV shows Back To Reality and Castaway Exposed.
In June 2017, he began hosting a daily half hour newsmagazine show called “The 30”. It originally aired on Fox affiliates for four weeks before being picked up as a regular series, broadcast nationally across America, in September 2017. It was renewed through 2019