Freddie Starr rushed to hospital after trial
Freddie Starr has been taken to hospital after suffering what's thought to be an allergic reaction during a bushtucker trial in I'm a Celebrity... According to the Daily Mail, doctors were called to check on the comedian, 68, after he started feeling sick following the Greasy Spoon Bushtucker Trial. An ITV spokesman said: "Freddie Starr was taken unwell in the jungle. He was immediately attended to by on-site medics and taken to hospital where he was assessed by doctors. "He will remain in hospital overnight as a precaution, and further tests continue. However, Freddie is in great spirits and keeping nursing staff entertained." Freddie has well-documented problems with his heart. But a show insider in Australia explained: "Doctors have told us that it’s highly unlikely that what’s happened is related to any pre-existing condition, cardiac or otherwise. "They think he’s had a severe allergic reaction, but they may not be able to pinpoint the cause. "The reaction could be due to a spider bite, he might have reacted badly to a leech or a tic, or even a snake he hadn’t noticed. He might have reacted badly to the bark of a tree he leant on, or a leaf he touched in passing. "Doctors are testing all of these things."
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