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Legendary TV host David Attenborough undergoes heart op

The BBC presenter and naturalist has been forced to cancel a planned tour of Australia.

David Attenborough
David Attenborough

LEGENDARY BRITISH BROADCASTER Sir David Attenborough has cancelled a scheduled tour of Australia after he had to undergo emergency heart surgery yesterday.

The procedure saw the 87-year-old naturalist fitted with a pacemaker, normally used to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

Event managers, Lateral, said that the host has expressed “extreme disappointment” at having to cancel the Australia tour.

He was due to speak about his life and work during a 60-year career with the BBC where he has presented programmes including Life on Earth and The Living Planet.

The sell-out tour was to take in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

A statement from Lateral added: “He [Attenborough] said he was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future”.

Read: 9 reasons why David Attenborough should be reading you a bedtime story

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