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Cheryl: my near-death experience

By Anthony Barnes.

Returning X Factor star Cheryl Cole has told of the "pain" of her near-death malaria experience as she helps to raise funds to fight the disease through Sport Relief.

Cole claims doctors gave her a day to live at one stage when she was struck down by the illness – spread by mosquitoes – in 2010, after contracting it on a holiday in Tanzania.

She said: "When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.

"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.

"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family."

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