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 Thursday, 16 January, 2003, 06:26 GMT
Nigel Lythgoe suffers heart attack
Nigel Lythgoe with fellow judge Paul Adam
Nigel Lythgoe became famous for his barbs
TV executive and Popstars panellist Nigel Lythgoe has suffered a heart attack in the US.

Lythgoe, whose cruel barbs aimed at contestants on the first series of Popstars made him an unlikely star and led to the nickname Nasty Nigel, was in Los Angeles when he fell ill.

No more details were initially available about his condition or where he was being treated.

After a long career as a television executive, Lythgoe found onscreen fame and became the presenter of BBC show The Enemy Within.

'Great producer'

He also went on to work on Pop Idol and was co-executive producer of the hugely popular US spin off, American Idol: the Search for a Superstar.

A Granada spokeswoman said: "All his colleagues at Granada are wishing him well and hoping he has a speedy recovery.

"He is a great producer and hopefully he will be back on his feet and producing great programmes again soon."

Lythgoe left his job as head of entertainment at Granada-owned LWT to work for the production company 19, run by ex-Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.

He had worked in the television industry for over three decades, beginning as a dancer with the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe in the early 1970s.

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29 Mar 01 | Entertainment
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