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Chico returned to work following shock stroke

He thought he had a virus

X Factor star Chico went straight back to work to teach a dance lesson after suffering from a stroke, insiders have revealed.

Not realising what has happened, Chico, 47, reportedly believed his symptoms were caused through suffering from a nasty virus.

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Chico mistook his stroke for a virus before heading to hospital (Credit: @block_fit Instagram)

“Chico is an extraordinary man and left everyone speechless after he said he’s gone to Skegness and taken a class after felling ill,” an insider told The Sun Online.

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“He was convinced he just had some kind of virus and was feeling a bit under the weather. He’s a professional and wouldn’t want to let anyone down.”

The friend then went on to describe the singer as ‘a walking miracle’.

Friends say the singer is ‘a walking miracle’ (Credit: @block_fit Instagram)

They added: “It was only when his family told him to go to the doctors that he went to the hospital to get checked out

“The man is walking miracle. He is now resting up at home and taking it easy.”

The family were said to be shocked when they were informed he had suffered a stroke, and a representative for the It’s Chico Time singer has released a statement on behalf of the family – wife Daniyela Rakic, daughter Lalla-Khira and son Zacharia.

It reads: “This has been a great shock to Chico, his wife, and their two children, also his close friends and family.

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Chico is a fitness teacher (Credit: @block_fit Instagram)

“We thank you in advance for giving Chico and his family some privacy at this time.”

After coming fourth on The X Factor in 2005 for his charismatic personality and entertaining performances, Chico went on to perform gigs before opening a fitness business, Block Fit, in 2014.

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The classes – a  mix of dance, combat, HIT (high intensity training) and yoga – are said to be high impact and burn 650-1000 calories an hour.

The music from the classes is sung by Chico himself, who says: “The fitness industry feeds my soul”.

Chico also visited The Body Camp in Ibiza – a fitness and health retreat – just last month, and enjoyed hiking and work out classes, as well as teaching his own.

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