Des O’Connor addresses fans’ concerns after deleted tweet about health

No cause for concern, according to rep

Des O’Connor’s rep has said the beloved entertainer is doing well after coming down with a tummy bug over Christmas.

The 85-year-old appeared to tweet and delete a comment about his health this week; while the original tweet is no longer visible, the well-wishes from fans still appear on the social networking website.

However, a spokesperson for the star told The Sun there is no cause for concern.

Des’s whole family picked up a stomach virus over Christmas (Credit: Wenn)

The rep said: “All the family picked up a tummy virus on Christmas Eve – but they’ve been checked out and they’re all clear and recovering fine now.”

It’s good news for fans, who had been sending Des their love on social media.

One wrote: “Heard you were feeling unwell. Take care, get well soon and recover very quickly!”

Another said: “Wishing you good health for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.”

And a third added: “Keep safe Des….Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018.”

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Des has been on tour with Jimmy Tarbuck this year (Credit: Twitter @DesOConnerCBE)

Des certainly appeared to be feeling better on Christmas Day, when he returned to Twitter to wish seasons greetings to all his followers.

He wrote: “Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! And thanks for all your lovely and funny messages this year. I’m beginning to like this Twittery thing!”

Des has been a TV regular since the 1960s with a slew of high profile shows to his name including Take Your Pick, Countdown, Des O’Connor Tonight, Today with Des and Mel, and The Des O’Connor Show.

According to the star’s official website, Des holds the world record for number of years hosting his own primetime TV show, having clocked up 45 consecutive years.


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Des and Jimmy on stage in Swansea on December 13 in a picture shared online by Des (Credit: Twitter @DesOConnorCBE)

He has also released 36 albums with five making the UK Top 10 – and he’s performed at the London Palladium more than 1,200 times so far which is incredible, right?!

Even at the grand old age of 85, his work ethic is still remarkable: he spent the last year on two separate tours, The Ultimate Des O’Connor, and Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck, Live On Stage.

He was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 for services to entertainment and broadcasting.

Well deserved!