David Attenborough suffers health scare

Sir David Attenbourough, 87, was scheduled to go on a sell-out tour. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Sir David Attenbourough has pulled out of a scheduled tour to Australia and will undergo surgery today after being informed he is in “urgent need” of a pacemaker.

A statement by his promoters Lateral event management read: “Sir David Attenborough is to undergo surgery in London today following advice from his cardiologist that he is in urgent need of a pacemaker.

“It is with regret, therefore, that Lateral Events CEO Simon Baggs announced that the forthcoming sell-out tour of Australia, scheduled to begin in Brisbane next week, has been cancelled.

"Sir David expressed his extreme disappointment as he said he was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future."