BBC in shock as Andrew Marr suffers 'pretty serious' stroke
Presenter is said to be sitting up and talking as he begins recovery in hospital
BBC PRESENTER Andrew Marr has suffered a "pretty serious" stroke but is said to be sitting up in hospital and talking, raising hopes he will make a good recovery.
The former political editor of the BBC fell ill at his home in London on Tuesday and was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors confirmed he had suffered a stroke.
A close friend of the 53-year-old told the Daily Telegraph that they understood that Marr was still able to speak, "which was a positive sign as he begins his recovery".
The Telegraph said that Marr is a fitness fanatic who does not drink in January. However, the paper acknowledges that the presenter enjoyed "a few years of hard drinking and smoking" in his youth.
Marr's literary agent, Ed Victor, told The Times that the attack had been "pretty serious". He also expressed shock at what had happened. "I had lunch with him on Monday and he was in fine fettle."
According to the Daily Mail there are "a lot of shocked people at Broadcasting House". It adds that it is "too soon to say what the long-term implications would be for the broadcaster's health and career".
On Sunday he interviewed Prime Minister David Cameron for the Andrew Marr Show. Labour leader Ed Miliband, due to appear on the show next week, tweeted: "My thoughts are with Andrew and his family. Hope he gets well soon.”
BBC Radio 4 colleague Justin Webb, one of the Today presenters, who underwent life-saving heart surgery at the end of last year, tweeted: "Wish Andrew Marr all the best - life changes so suddenly but let's hope no more than a scare and he'll just have to run a bit slower."
According to The Independent, the paper Marr once edited, "about a third of stroke patients make a full recovery, a third are partially disabled and a third die".
The BBC said James Lansdale will stand in as presenter of the Andrew Marr Show in the short-term.