Andrew Marr suffers stroke

BBC politics presenter Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke on Tuesday (08.01.13) and he is said be "responding to treatment"

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Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.

The 53-year-old BBC presenter was taken ill on Tuesday (08.01.12) and, according to his doctors, he is "responding to treatment".

Friends also said he was conscious and able to speak, which is one of the most important indicators of a stroke victim's ability to make a good recovery.

The BBC said in a statement: "His doctors say he is responding to treatment. His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers. His colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery.

"We will continue to broadcast 'The Andrew Marr Show' and Radio 4's 'Start The Week' with guest presenters in his absence."

His colleagues have spoken of their shock that he had suffered a stroke at such a young age, considering he is a lifelong fitness fanatic.

Jonathan Dimbleby said: "I'm very shocked that someone so energetic, fit and young should have a stroke.

"I just hope it's very mild and that he recovers from it swiftly."

Fellow BBC politics presenter Andrew Neil wrote on Twitter: "Very distressed to hear news about Andrew Marr. Best wishes for full and speedy recovery."

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