Richard Bacon in induced coma after infection

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Presenter Richard Bacon now lives and works in the United States

Television and radio presenter Richard Bacon is in a medically induced coma after becoming critically ill with suspected pneumonia.

He was taken to hospital eight days ago after becoming unwell on a flight to Britain from the United States.

The former Blue Peter and BBC Radio 5 live presenter had been well enough to post photos of himself on social media.

But his sister confirmed his condition had worsened and he has had to have a tracheotomy to help him breathe.

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Bacon started his career on BBC Radio Nottingham before going on to present on national television and radio including The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC 6 Music.

He then broke into the US media scene where he has a show on Fox TV. He now lives in Los Angeles.

His sister Juliet Bacon said in her Instagram post she had been visiting him in intensive care for a week.

Radio Nottingham presenter Dean Jackson helped launch Bacon’s career by giving him his first job on air and has kept in touch with the family.

“He is being kept in the coma to get more oxygen into his system but they are hoping to reduce the sedative soon, so hopefully there will be good news,” he said.

In March Bacon, 42, spoke to Radio 5 live about his recent diagnosis of ADHD, saying he “wouldn’t change it for the world”.

A number of people have been sending their well wishes to him on social media including comedian Keith Lemon, radio and television presenter Toby Anstis, television personalities Dick and Dom, and presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine.

Pneumonia is the swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs, which is usually caused by a bacterial infection.

When a person has pneumonia the tiny sacs at the end of breathing tubes in their lungs become inflamed and fill up with fluid.

In the UK, pneumonia affects about 8 in 1,000 adults each year.

Richard Bacon in induced coma after infection

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