Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Not Dead and I Want to Raise Cash for for My Friend'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Not Dead and I Want to Raise Cash for for My Friend'

Article excerpt

TIM Healy has opened up about a bizarre year which left one fan telling him he looked a dead ringer - for himself.

The Benidorm star has opened up about the bizarre moment news of his "death" started to spread online, confusing friends and fans alike.

Benidorm creator Derren Litten revealed in a radio interview that Tim had "flat-lined" for a moment during an operation, after falling ill while filming the hit comedy show in Spain last year. What should have been a routine procedure to tackle gall stones had gone wrong, leaving Tim medically dead before doctors were able to resuscitate him.

The actor said he was "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of love and concern online after the news broke - but says it also caused a considerable amount of confusion among people who genuinely believed he'd lost his life.

The extent of the misapprehension became clear when one fan approached him and other Benidorm actors during filming to ask for autographs - and was sure Tim looked familiar. …

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