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Chris Evans has said he is hopeful that former Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne can get through his latest struggle with ill-health and addiction.
The former England player was recently flown to a rehab clinic in the America after footage emerged of him on stage looking distressed and incoherent.
Friends of the footballer, including Radio 2 DJ Evans, have paid for Gascoigne, who has fought a public battle with alcohol since the end of his playing days, to go to the US.
Gascoigne has received financial support from current Premier League stars and celebrities including Piers Morgan.
"I get regular updates but I haven't had one for a couple of days - he's still in intensive care as far as I know. I don't get busy where that's concerned - I leave all that to the experts but I should have another update today.
I'm feeling hopeful, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it. We've got to help him if we can."
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