Angela Rippon ‘Stopped Breathing’ After Asthma Attack

Angela Rippon ‘stopped breathing’ after asthma attack on strict tour. Angela Rippon has said she suffered a “serious asthma attack” causing her to stop breathing while on stage during the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

Who is Angela Rippon?

Angela Rippon is a British journalist, television presenter, and broadcaster, known for her work in the field of news and current affairs. She gained prominence as the first female newsreader on British television, presenting the BBC Nine O’Clock News in 1975. Rippon has had a long and varied career in broadcasting, spanning news, documentaries, and entertainment programs. She’s also known for her involvement in various charitable causes and has received several awards for her contributions to broadcasting and journalism.

Personal Life

Angela Rippon was born on October 12, 1944, in Plymouth, Devon, England. She attended the Trinity College of Music, where she studied piano and ballet. Rippon has been married twice and does not have children. She is passionate about fitness and became well-known for her participation in a workout video aimed at older adults called “Angela Rippon’s Bionic Workout.” Rippon has also been involved in various charitable endeavors, including serving as a patron for organizations focused on health and aging issues.

Asthma Attack

In a recent Instagram update, the 79-year-old presenter revealed experiencing a “major medical meltdown” while dancing in Liverpool last Wednesday. She gratefully acknowledged the prompt medical attention from paramedics onsite, which unfortunately led to missing shows in Leeds as she recuperated. Thankfully, Rippon assured her followers that she’s back to feeling “dancing fit” and rejoined the tour. Catch her latest performance alongside dance partner Kai Widdrington at Manchester’s AO Arena this past Saturday.

In her recent video update, Rippon candidly shared with her followers her absence from the digital realm for a couple of days, attributing it to a medical incident earlier in the week. She disclosed contracting an infection in Liverpool, which swiftly affected her chest, severely impacting her breathing. Recounting the harrowing experience, Rippon revealed that during the Wednesday evening performance, as she was about to execute the cha-cha-cha, the infection triggered a severe asthma attack, causing her to momentarily cease breathing while on the dance floor. Reflecting on the frightening episode, she expressed gratitude for the concern, acknowledging the shared apprehension with dance partner Kai, likening her state to a “rag doll” during the performance, and apologizing to Liverpool for the abrupt halt.

Rippon expressed her gratitude that paramedics were readily available to administer oxygen once she stepped off stage, enabling her to resume breathing normally. Following the incident, the tour proceeded to Leeds, where a doctor diagnosed her infection as more severe than anticipated. Advised to undergo two days of bed rest along with medication, she reluctantly missed scheduled performances. Despite not being at full strength, Rippon reassured her audience, stating, “While I can’t claim to be fighting fit just yet, I’m dancing fit and eager to hit the dance floor once more as the tour kicks off tonight in Manchester.”

She extended her gratitude to all for the “kind messages” of support received. The Strictly live tour management verified Rippon’s absence from two Leeds performances and her subsequent return to the tour on Saturday. Rippon made headlines as the series’ oldest contestant since Johnny Ball’s participation at the age of 74 in 2012. Despite her elimination following the Blackpool Tower Ballroom special, Rippon left an indelible mark on the show.


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