Tarrant reveals flight terror after suffering minor stroke

TV presenter Chris Tarrant has said he feared he was going to die at 39,000ft when he suffered a stroke on a flight back to London from Bangkok, describing it as the "most terrifying moment of my life".

The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host was rushed off to London's Charing Cross Hospital upon landing after falling ill on the March 1 flight and was found to have suffered a minor stroke.

Chris Tarrant suffered a minor stroke on a flight back to the UK after filming in Asia and South America in February. Credit: PA Wire

"I got very panicky," Tarrant told the Sun on Sunday. "I was very alone up there, thinking, 'I could die'. I wasn't sure if I was going to fade away completely on my own."

The 67-year-old said he has still not regained full control of his movements or speech two months on but is having physiotherapy and has made changes to his lifestyle to minimise the risk of a repeat attack.

"I am incredibly lucky to be alive because one in three people who have strokes don't make it," he said. "It has made me appreciate my life so much more."