Sir David Attenborough to undergo urgent heart surgery

The veteran TV broadcaster has cancelled a scheduled sell-out tour of Australia to have a pacemaker fitted in London

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough is to undergo urgent heart surgery in London today (Tuesday), following advice from his cardiologist that he needs a pacemaker fitted.


The veteran presenter – who has had to cancel a scheduled tour of Australia due to begin next week – will now remain in the capital for the forthcoming operation. In a statement on his tour’s promoter Lateral Event Management’s website, the 87-year-old is said to be “extremely disappointed” he won’t be able to complete the string of dates. 

The announcement, from the company’s CEO Simon Baggs, went on to suggest that Attenborough, “was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future.”


The sell-out tour, entitled Sir David Attenborough – A Life on Earth, was due to visit a number of cities, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide with the broadcaster set to discuss his “extraordinary experiences, his stories, his achievements”. But Baggs confirmed in his statement that any talks to reschedule would be postponed until after Attenborough recovers from his surgery, with ticketholders eligible for a full refund.