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Eric Morecambe: 'It killed him' – star's family say stress and worry caused heart attacks

Writing in the MailOnline back in 2013, Gary went on to say that the move from BBC to Thames Television in 1978 was not the right thing to do due to his father’s “failing health”. And no sooner had the first shows been transmitted, Morecambe was back in hospital.

“Did comedy kill him? Purely in terms of his health, it clearly didn’t do him any favours,” Gary added.

“The irony is that he wouldn’t have had it any other way. I once asked him if he could relive his life, what he would alter. He answered, without a moment’s hesitation, ‘I’d do it all the same way … only quicker!’”

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked – typically by a blood clot.



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