Ronnie Corbett collapses at Croydon restaurant while celebrating New Year honour
COMEDIAN Ronnie Corbett was taken to hospital after collapsing at a Croydon restaurant while celebrating his inclusion in the New Year Honours List.
Mr Corbett and his wife Anne were dining at the Tai Tung Chinese restaurant at the Wing Yip centre in Purley Way on Sunday when the veteran comedian began to feel ill.
He collapsed at the table and was taken to Croydon University Hospital by ambulance.
Mr Corbett, 81, was treated at the hospital before being transferred to Shirley Oaks private hospital, from where he was discharged on Tuesday afternoon. He is now recovering at his Shirley home.
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Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser on Tuesday, his wife said: "He was absolutely delighted to receive the honour but that has been tempered by him not feeling so well on Sunday."
She explained that her husband had recently undergone a knee operation and had been taking a considerable amount of medication.
Mrs Corbett said: "They think it was a combination of this and the fact he had not felt like eating very much recently which led to the problem.
"He has undergone a number of tests and all the results have come back clear, which is good news.
"He is now just resting but I think he will have to slow down a bit. He is 81 and he never stops."
Mr Corbett was appointed CBE in last week's New Year Honours List, in recognition of his services to entertainment and charity.
In recent years he has been closely involved with the Croydon Carers' Centre, in Katharine Street, and has regularly attended the launch of the annual carers' week.
Centre manager Tina Ganson said: "Ronnie does an awful lot for people and without his help we wouldn't have got our minibus, which has helped us transport carers on days out."
Mr Corbett's latest honour comes 13 years after he and Ronnie Barker, his partner in the legendary The Two Ronnies TV series, were appointed OBEs.
The Edinburgh-born comic's first break in TV came when he was spotted by David Frost and invited to appear on The Frost Report in 1966. The Two Ronnies first appeared on television in 1971 and ran until 1987.
Mr Corbett married Anne in 1965 and the couple have two daughters.