“I nearly died” – Richard Bacon issues first update after being brought out of medically-induced coma

The TV and radio presenter was taken ill earlier this month

Richard Bacon has made his first public statement since he was brought out of a medically-induced coma last week after he became critically ill.

The former Blue Peter presenter was initially hospitalised after falling ill on a flight from the US to Britain earlier this month. He was placed in a coma after his condition worsened, which helped aid his recovery. His mother Christine posted the below update on his condition on Friday (July 13):

After he was brought out of a coma last week, Bacon has returned to tweeting this morning (July 16) as he assured his friends and followers that he was recovering.

Quoting the late TV presenter Fred Rogers, Bacon wrote: “‘We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.'” Bacon added: “I’m learning this.”

The presenter then confirmed that he had spent six days in a coma after contracting “an yet unidentified double chest infection”, revealing that he “nearly died”. He also praised the work of the NHS in aiding his recovery, writing: “Viva the NHS.”

Bacon also responded to messages of support from David Baddiel and Gary Lineker, telling the former: “Ha. I am alive. Or in Lewisham. Or somewhere between the two.”

Bacon, who lives in LA, currently hosts the talk show Top 30 in the US.