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Last Updated: Friday, 30 June 2006, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK
O'Grady is admitted to hospital
Presenter Paul O'Grady
Comedian Paul O'Grady suffered a heart attack three years ago
TV host and Lily Savage creator Paul O'Grady has been taken to hospital with chest pains, a friend has said.

The presenter of The New Paul O'Grady Show was admitted to hospital on Friday morning. His friend said: "It does appear he has had a heart attack."

The 51-year-old comedian suffered a heart attack in April 2002 and underwent an operation to widen a blocked artery.

A Channel Four spokeswoman said: "We are shocked and concerned by the news."

She added: "Along with Paul's many fans we are wishing him all the very best."

A spokeswoman for the William Harvey Hospital in Kent declined to comment.

After his heart attack in 2002, O'Grady said he was reviewing his lifestyle and giving up smoking.

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