The 73-year-old BBC Radio 2 favourite said in a statement that he was taking some time off following the major health scare. “10 days ago, while out walking, I suffered a tear to my aorta known as an aortic dissection,” Bob Harris said. “The aorta is basically the M1 of the body and any damage is regarded as extremely serious. “For the past few years I have been walking an average of five miles a day and I am convinced that the level of fitness I have achieved during that time helped save my life,” he explained.
“It was an incredibly scary moment and I am massively indebted to the ambulance crew who attended so promptly, the intensive care team and the consultants at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and to my wife Trudie and my wonderful family who have rallied round me with huge love and support.
“I am not exactly sure when I will be on air again but I am on the road to recovery now and will be back playing music for you on Radio 2 as soon as possible,” he added.
“Thank you for everything.”
Bob shared the statement with his 69,000 Twitter followers, assuring them: “I am going to have to take it easy for a whole but I am getting better and I will be OK.”
Fans rushed to the comments section to share their well wishes, with one saying: “Bob – take it steady and get well soon.”
“Speedy recovery Bob, you’ll soon be back gracing us with your wisdom and knowledge and playing great music,” another added, while a third wrote: “Take the time you need and get well soon.
“We’ll all be here waiting for you when you’re ready to return.”
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