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Tuesday 4th August 2020

Charlie Webster reveals she spoke to the Grim Reaper as she lay dying

She caught malaria after cycling to Rio for charity

Just minutes from dying and in extreme pain, sports presenter Charlie Webster claims she found herself in a strange, dark place (Luton?) having a chatette with none other than Death!

And it seems the old sickle-carrying mortality monster was more than a little impatient.

Charlie told The Sun: "This is what is traumatising me a little bit — I remember having a conversation with Death and whether I was going to live or not.

"I just saw myself and we were in this black space and we weren’t people, we were just an energy.

"Death said to me, ‘Come on, you’ve got to go’."

Typical man. Charlie might have needed to change her outfit before walking down the red carpet to the Pearly Gates. Thank goodness, she didn’t make it that far!

The TV star and intrepid traveller took her very unexpected trip to a spectral otherworld, after contracting a rare strain of malaria in the Brazilian capital.

The former Sky and ITV host had peddled into Rio a few days earlier, only to fall critically ill on August 6.

She remembers medics telling her "we need you to know that you are dying".

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She might already have guessed, what with the agony and the tête-à-tête with a skeleton in a poncho.

The TV star admits she felt ready to die at that point and there were "no words to describe the pain" she was in.

But after being cajoled by impatient Mr Reaper, she decided to fight for her life.

Charlie is now back home in the UK and feeling very grateful to the doctors who kept her alive.

In a statement she said: "I can’t thank the NHS and all the medical team at St James’s Hospital in Leeds enough.

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"The doctors, nurses, tropical diseases team – they’ve talked me through everything that has happened to me and really helped me to understand the seriousness of what I’ve been through and how hard my body has fought."

Charlie continued: "I’m thrilled to be discharged to continue my recovery.

"After weeks in isolation in hospital, I’m really looking forward to the little things, like being able to sit in the fresh air, with a cup of tea!”

Sounds lovely, Charlie. This time, you can share the biscuits with your friends and family, not the Grim Reaper.