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Comedian Large battles illness

Glasgow-born comedian Eddie Large was in hospital yesterday suffering from complications caused by a fall over a road sign which left him fighting for his life.

TV favourite Eddie - one half of the double act Little and Large - broke four ribs after tripping near his home last month.

He contracted pneumonia and had pancreatic problems and a collapsed lung, but was allowed home after a month-long stay in the high dependency unit.

But the comedian, 72, was readmitted to Bristol Royal Infirmary on December 16 with pancreatic problems, and is still in hospital.

Despite spending ­Christmas in hospital, a friend said the comic from Portishead, near Bristol, was in "good spirits".

Large - real name Hugh McGinnis - had a heart transplant 10 years ago and has a history of kidney ailments. Born in Glasgow, he rose to fame alongside Syd Little when they won the television talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1971.

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