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Attenborough in hospital after fall

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Richard Attenborough, the Oscar award-winning actor and director, is recovering in hospital, after suffering a serious fall at his home in Richmond, Surrey. The accident occurred last Thursday and the 85-year-old was knocked unconscious. He fell into a coma but has now recovered consciousness.

Attenborough had been due to unveil a plaque commemorating the centenary of the birth of Brief Encounter star Celia Johnson.

The actor’s health has raised concern recently. In August he blacked out at his home because of a heart irregularity.

Yesterday, his niece, Susan, said: “He had a fall and banged his head. He’s 85 and falls hurt. He was in a coma but has come out now. He’s doing very well. We don’t know whether he will be released or whether he will be home in time for Christmas.”

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