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Tuesday 25 September 2018

TV3 host Cagney suffers heart scare

Chest pains: Mark Cagney was rushed to hospital from TV3. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Chest pains: Mark Cagney was rushed to hospital from TV3. Photo: Gerry Mooney

IRELAND AM host Mark Cagney was rushed to hospital this morning after falling ill during a live show.

The TV3 host was brought by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital at 8.20am accompanied by fellow presenter Aidan Cooney.

The 56-year-old had been struck with chest pains and a cold arm at around 8am while on a break from the live show.

It is understood he was using his PC at the time.

Mark Cagney's wife Audrey told the Herald: "I got a call from Aidan (Cooney) saying that Mark had chest pains and a cold arm. He didn't feel well.

"An ambulance was called and they rushed him in to Tallaght Hospital. Aidan went with him in the ambulance."

Tests

Mrs Cagney spoke from A&E at Tallaght Hospital where her husband was undergoing blood tests.

"We're sure he's going to do great. We're just waiting for bloods at the moment," she said, adding that he had been in good health lately and she hoped he would make a full recovery.

In 2008, Mark's Ireland AM colleague Sinead Desmond was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage at the television station.

Mark later spoke of how he feared Sinead might suffer the same fate as his first wife, Ann Humphries, who died from a haemorrhage in 1991, aged just 30.

The Sutton-based TV presenter had been married to Ann for 11 years when she was struck down with a brain haemorrhage.

ksweeney@herald.ie

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