Jimmy Osmond treated for stroke

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Pop star and actor Jimmy Osmond has had a stroke, a spokesperson has said.

Osmond, 55, was diagnosed after starring in the pantomime Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday.

“He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year,” his spokesperson said. There are no further details about his condition.

He is part of the famous Osmond family and had chart hits including 1972’s Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.

The statement said: “On the evening of Thursday 27 December, after pushing through the evening’s performance of Peter Pan at Birmingham Hippodrome, Jimmy Osmond was driven straight to hospital and diagnosed with a stroke.”

The theatre’s chief executive Fiona Allan said; “Everyone here at Birmingham Hippodrome has been deeply saddened to hear of Jimmy’s sudden illness.

“Jimmy loved being a part of the Hippodrome’s well-renowned panto, and his portrayal of Captain Hook was both dastardly and heartwarming.

“He won the adoration not just of our audiences, but also of all our staff – we all send Jimmy and his family very best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

Darren Day will replace him in the role of Captain Hook in the pantomime.

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