Duncan Bannatyne, long-serving investor on BBC2 business show Dragons’ Den, has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack at the head quarters of his health club company.
Bannatyne’s daughter Abi took to Twitter to confirm the news, saying “I can confirm my dad was taken into hospital late this morning, he is stable and thats all I can say for now”.
But her father, himself a keen user of the social networking site, later tweeted from his bed at Darlington Memorial Hospital: “Hi. In hospital attached to a few wires feeling tired but am sure I will be discharged tomorrow fit & well (fit a pensioner can be anyway).”
Apparently in good spirits, the 63-year-old also joked “Today was my first trip inside an Ambulance & with siren wailing. Hope it is the last. LoL.”
Known for his tough, no-nonsense approach on Dragons’ Den, the entrepreneur’s own business interests include hotels, health clubs, media, stage schools, property and transport, as well as his fitness chain Bannatyne’s.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Everyone [at Bannatyne’s] is very concerned and upset, but we know that Duncan is a very strong person and we are confident he will make a full recovery.
“Everyone wishes him well. We’d like to thank the quick and professional actions of the paramedics who attended to Duncan and thank the staff at the Memorial Hospital for his ongoing care.”