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Guitarist Henry McCullough critically ill

By Eddie McIlwaine

Published 08/11/2012

Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough is in critical condition in hospital after suffering a massive heart attack.

Henry, in his late 60s, collapsed at his home in Coleraine where he was attended by his French partner Josie, while medics and an ambulance rushed to the scene.

McCullough, one of Paul McCartney’s favourites in the early days of Wings, rallied in the Causeway Hospital and is now on a ventilator.

“There was some misinformation at first and we were told Henry had died,” said his friend, BBC presenter Alan Simpson. “Fortunately it wasn’t true and he is fighting hard. He is a great character and made of stern stuff.”

McCullough, a Portstewart man, has toured all over Ireland with his own band.

\[s.alexander\]”Henry has always been a superb musician, in demand and much loved,” said impresario Paul Charles. “He played on the original Jesus Christ Superstar album before it ever became a hit musical.”In his heyday he was always delighted to sit in at sessions with McCartney who eventually persuaded him to join Wings. He played lead guitar on their hit My Love.

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