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Thursday 15 November 2018

I can't wait to see back of horrible 2011 - Baz

RTE star Baz Ashmawy has admitted that 2011 has been an 'annus horriblis' for him after a wave of bad luck.

And the 35-year-old has said that his recent health scare, where he nearly died from a collapsed lung, has given him a wake-up call to look after himself.

"It has been one of those years alright but that's the way it goes sometimes," he told the Herald.

The 2FM broadcaster unknowingly suffering a collapsed lung during a particularly punishing workout.

He then boarded a plane from London to Dublin when he suddenly had stabbing pains in his chest as the cabin pressure took its toll.

Baz passed out and when he woke up, he was being worked on by a team of doctors. "I've never even been to hospital before so it was seriously scary," he said.

"The weird thing is, I've never been so fit before. I gave up smoking six months ago and I've been cycling everywhere too."

He believes it was probably a result of a previously-undiagnosed hereditary condition, given that this father died from lung-related illness.

"My dad died from lung problems but I had never really thought about it until this happened," he continued.

The part-Egyptian star has had a tough few months. Last February, he pleaded guilty to drink driving and received a two-year driving ban while RTE suspended him without pay for a month.

He is now back on the air with Lucy Kennedy and RTE has also given the green light to a new series of Baz's Extreme Worlds, which starts filming in August and is due to air in October.

He also celebrated his daughter Hannah's first birthday with partner Tanya Evans earlier this month, which he said put everything into perspective for him.

mfinn@herald.ie

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