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Andrew Marr recovering following a stroke

9 January 2013

Andrew Marr is recovering from a stroke in hospital, the BBC has said this evening. We at Coffee House wish him well in his recovery.

The BBC’s statement on Andrew Marr’s condition:

“Andrew Marr was taken ill yesterday and taken to hospital. The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke. His doctors say he is responding to treatment. His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers.

“We will continue to broadcast The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Start The Week with guest presenters in his absence. His colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery.”

Acting Director-General, Tim Davie, said: “I am very sorry to hear the news about Andrew. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the BBC soon.”

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  • Mark McIntyre

    AWSM be ‘all-right’ now !

  • Jupiter

    Has he become a vegetable?

  • Tom Burroughes

    I hope he gets well soon. A sobering reminder that this can happen to even the fittest people. And he is young.

    • HooksLaw

      At 53 he is in fact approaching quite a dangerous age. His affliction has hit him perhaps 2 or 3 years earlier than might be expected.

  • Swiss Bob

    I’ve known youngish people have strokes, the cause is usually the same….

    Get well soon Mr Marr.

  • Russell

    Andrews visitors list should be interesting!

  • Jebediah

    Blimey. Young for a stroke. I wish him a rapid recovery.

  • Boudicca_Icenii

    I wish him a speedy recovery.
    And I hope the stand-in on Sunday is less obviously a Labour supporting interviewer.

    • CharlieleChump

      You are dealing with the Beeb, absolutely no hope of that

  • James R

    Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee tweeted: “Andrew Marr, renaissance man,
    polymath, wise commentator, painter, runner, brilliant cook – and ace editor.
    Get well soon. Needed in public life.”
    That should speed his recovery..

  • Michele Keighley

    I have had such a stroke, it taught me humility. I hope it has the same effect on Andrew.

    • telemachus

      Andrew is a true gentleman and we all wish him well

      • telemachus

        I hope his stand in allows Ed to shine on Sunday

        • Boudicca_Icenii

          No longer guaranteed ….. mind you, whoever it is still comes from the BBC’s Labour propaganda unit, so there’s every reason to suppose the stand-in will do as a ‘good’ a job for Ed as Andrew would have.

        • Jebediah

          You are a despicable man or thing or stalker, or whatever you are. This is about a sick man, not about politicians you odious lickspittle.

          • HooksLaw

            I take that to mean ‘eff off you creepy barsteward’

        • CharlieleChump

          Great humour, bet that got The Central Committee chuckling

    • HooksLaw

      My father dies of a stroke. Marr would be well advised to give up his exertions and spend his time and his hard earned wealth relaxing with his family and caring less about the travails of the world.

      He can pass his time with the pen not the microphone. This is good advice, I hope he takes it.

  • Baghdad Bob

    “His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers”.

    Doesn’t sound good.

    Oh well. Maybe he and his journalistic colleagues might have had more ‘respect’ for the ‘privacy’ of their subject matter in the past.

    What goes around, comes around.

    • Matthew Blott

      I bet you feel much better after for that crass spiteful post.

      • Baghdad Bob

        Not crass. Or spiteful. Just the plain truth. ‘Public Interest’ is a double-edged sword. Andrew Marr’s ‘privacy’ will mean nothing to the journalists now circling round waiting for the worst. It’s the way of the world. Like it or lump it.

        • Robert Taggart

          Here, here, here.

  • 2trueblue

    Always interesting. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

    • realfish

      I hope, for Andrew’s sake, Gordon Brown doesn’t visit him.

      • CharlieleChump

        Oh my god, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody!

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Is he yet another victim of Tory Cuts Stress Syndrome?

  • Daniel Maris

    All the best for a quick recovery Andrew. Let’s hope it was relatively minor.

  • MirthaTidville

    A terrible affliction at such a relatively young age. I too wish him well and a speedy recovery.

  • barbie

    I wish you well Andrew and a speedy recovery, I enjoy your Sunday morning programme.

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