Dragons' Den Star Bannatyne Has Heart Scare
TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne did not suffer a heart attack in a health scare which saw him rushed to hospital, tests have confirmed.
The 63-year-old Dragons' Den star fell ill while at the headquarters of his gym business in Darlington and was taken by ambulance to the town's Memorial†Hospital.
After an overnight stay, he was expected to be allowed home for a few days rest.
A Bannatyne Group spokesman said: "Everyone at the company is relieved that tests have confirmed Duncan's health scare was not a heart attack and he will be discharged from hospital later today.
"He is now to spend a few days recuperating from his chest pains away from the stresses of his busy life.
"He has asked us to thank the many hundreds of people who have contacted him to express their good wishes and support and to thank the dedicated staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital for the kindness and care."
He was well enough this morning to tell his 540,000-plus followers on Twitter: "Just waiting for Doctors rounds but am sure I will get all clear to go home soon."
Bannatyne, who lives on the exclusive Wynyard estate in the countryside northwest of Middlesbrough, was born in Clydebank, Scotland, and was raised in what he describes as "relatively modest circumstances".
His business interests now include health clubs, hotels, property, media and transport and he is best known as a tough-talking business angel on the BBC show Dragons' Den.
The former Royal Navy stoker began his empire with an ice cream van, rapidly expanding that business in tough competition before setting up a chain of care homes.
On his website he says he sold that for £26m in 1996 and his children's nursery chain for £22m.
He has written five self-help books on becoming a success in business and managing money, was awarded an OBE for his charity works and is a vehement anti-smoker.
what do you think?
Get well soon X
get well soon
Best wishes Duncan. GB Darlington Co Durhama
Didn't think he was in his 60's. Hope he makes a good recovery. I need to sell him an idea...
He certainly looks good for his age. Hope he makes a quick recovery
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Duncan - the Rat Race, say - I'm out!
Get well soon, follows my theory that health clubs, gyms and trying to keep fit are dangerous interests that don't work
some rich bloke who most of us have never heard of doesn't have a heart attack and thats news !