Bob Harris: BBC Radio 2 host ‘unsure’ when he’ll return after ‘incredibly scary’ illness

The 73-year-old BBC Radio 2 favourite said in a statement that he was taking some time off following the major health scare. “10 days ago, while out walking, I suffered a tear to my aorta known as an aortic dissection,” Bob Harris said. “The aorta is basically the M1 of the body and any damage is regarded as extremely serious. “For the past few years I have been walking an average of five miles a day and I am convinced that the level of fitness I have achieved during that time helped save my life,” he explained. 

“It was an incredibly scary moment and I am massively indebted to the ambulance crew who attended so promptly, the intensive care team and the consultants at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and to my wife Trudie and my wonderful family who have rallied round me with huge love and support. 

“I am not exactly sure when I will be on air again but I am on the road to recovery now and will be back playing music for you on Radio 2 as soon as possible,” he added. 

“Thank you for everything.” 

Bob shared the statement with his 69,000 Twitter followers, assuring them: “I am going to have to take it easy for a whole but I am getting better and I will be OK.” 

Fans rushed to the comments section to share their well wishes, with one saying: “Bob – take it steady and get well soon.” 

“Speedy recovery Bob, you’ll soon be back gracing us with your wisdom and knowledge and playing great music,” another added, while a third wrote: “Take the time you need and get well soon. 

“We’ll all be here waiting for you when you’re ready to return.” 

BBC Radio 2 star Bob Harris previously shared a health update after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. 

At the time, he took time off from his radio show in order to undergo radiotherapy. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier this year, he explained: “I’ve been fighting prostate cancer for 12 years, so I was diagnosed in 2007. 

“I still have quite invasive treatment to keep it at bay, but I’m very much on my fitness. 

“I do a lot of walking,” he continued. “I walk about five miles a day if I can. 

“And if I’ve got time to, I try to keep as fit as possible.” 

Bob credited his young family with helping keep him young, adding: “As long as I am healthy and enjoying i all, the plan is to keep going.” 

He said the “last thing” he wanted to do was to stop working, saying: “I think once you do that it’s the beginning of the end. 

“I’ve got no intention of thinking that way at all.”

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