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Iolo Williams has admitted that he suffered an “unexpected” heart attack which forced him to drop out of BBC’s Springwatch.
The 61-year old suffered major complications after he underwent surgery to fix a stent in an artery in April.
Speaking to the BBC Radio Cymru, he revealed: “I had a heart attack and it was very unexpected.
“I keep fit, I’ve been playing rugby ever since I was 45, I run two to three times a week.”
He added: “I was running along the canal and then I had a heart attack out of nowhere. I had to miss out on Springwatch, I had three weeks and a half back home. After three weeks and a half, I thought I couldn’t stay at home any longer so I went back to work.
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“Fair play at the start, my wife was cautious, she would tell me: ‘don’t pick that up, or don’t pick that up, just sit down and rest’.
“But after those three weeks and a half, she even turned to me and said: ‘when are you going back to work?’, because we went on each others’ nerves while stuck in the house.”
Earlier this year, he announced that he was undergoing surgery and would not be presenting on BBC Springwatch this year.
Posting on X, formally known as Twitter, he penned: “Unfortunately I can’t co-present @BBCSpringwatch this year. I had a stent inserted in April, which released a clot that, this week, caused an embolysm!
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“My demise has been greatly exaggerated; thanks to brilliant friends, wonderful family & the excellent @NHS. Go Megan & team SW!”
The Welsh presenter also announced that he would be returning to BBC’s Winterwatch which is expected to be broadcasted in January.
Iolo is one of the most recognised faces to front the wildlife programme and has been presenting Springwatch, Winterwatch and Autumnwatch since 2019.
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