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'Not dead!': Ricky Gervais forced to leave stage mid-performance over health scare

Ricky Gervais was forced to pause a comedy tour performance amid fears he was suffering a heart attack.

The comedian was performing at Bristol’s Colston Hall when he took a 10 minute break, leaving fans concerned for his health.

Thankfully, he returned to the stage fighting fit to finish off the performance of his Humanity tour.

Taking it in good humour, Ricky posted on Twitter "Thanks to the amazing audience in Bristol tonight. They even laughed when I thought I was having a heart attack."

The performer also reassured his followers on social media this morning:

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Crowds brave freezing weather in support of Ilfracombe theatre

Performers on the green outside the Landmark Theatre Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds braved freezing weather in Ilfracombe this afternoon to see a variety show in support of the town's Landmark Theatre. Performers from around North Devon staged the free event following the Landmark's sudden closure last month.

The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple also closed when the trust that owns them went bust, leaving actors and ticket holders out of pocket. It's hoped both theatres could re-open under new management. More details here.

Crowds braved the freezing weather Credit: ITV News West Country
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