Fortunately, the TV star made a full recovery and praised the NHS for saving his life.
At the time, he wrote in a Twitter post: “So I did six days straight in a coma. Been here another four since. It’s an yet unidentified double chest infection.”
“I nearly died,” he continued. “At one point, as I was as run down a hallway to ICU at midnight, with a massive needle jammed in my chest (bit like Pulp Fiction) I thought, this is it.”(sic)
Richard added: “But then I didn’t die. And I didn’t die because I’m on the NHS. VivaTheNHS. See you for your 100th. By which time I probably will have pneumonia.”