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Savage clash with Hopkins over 'bed-blockers'

Ex-footballer Robbie Savage has clashed with reality TV star Katie Hopkins over comments she made about dementia patients "blocking beds".

The former Wales international, an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society, said he was "mortified" by the Sun columnist's tweets as his father Colin died at 63 after battling the disease, which is thought to affect 850,000 people in the UK.

Savage said Hopkin's comments made his mother cry. Credit: PA

The row erupted when Hopkins wrote on Twitter: "Dementia sufferers should not be blocking beds. What is the point of life when you no longer know you are living it? The day I am diagnosed with dementia is the day I book my ticket to Dignitas."

In a phone-in with Phil Williams on BBC Radio 5 live Savage accused the Celebrity Big Brother finalist of making "stupid naive comments".

Match of the Day pundit Savage said: "I spoke to my mother, my mother's in tears. I've been in tears tonight because I lost my hero, my father from a disease which people know nothing about."

When Savage asked if Hopkins felt the 17 weeks his father spent in hospital was bed blocking, she replied: "For me, yes."

Hopkins, who is epileptic revealed she had signed an advance directive permitting euthanasia should she fall critically ill. The one-time Apprentice contestant added she had had emails from nurses about bed blockers, which she said meant "people that are dumped in hospital".

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Bonnie's 'Total Eclipse' soundtracks partial eclipse

The near-total solar eclipse over Britain provided a highlight for at least one person - raspy-voiced Bonnie Tyler saw online demand for her hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart more than triple.

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Streaming service Spotify said demand for the Swansea singer's song - a number one in 1983 - more than tripled following the event this morning when the moon crossed in front of the sun, covering up to 97% of its face.

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It is not the first time the track, which has more than 30 million streams on Spotify, has had a sales boost from mother nature - an earlier lunar eclipse saw its streaming demand double.

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