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Veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne faces prostate cancer tests

By Eimear Rabbitte

Published 21/11/2016

Scare: broadcaster Gay Byrne
Scare: broadcaster Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne has vowed to stay positive as he revealed he must undergo hospital tests to determine if prostate cancer has spread to his lower back.

The legendary Irish broadcaster (82) broke the news of his health scare on his Lyric FM show yesterday afternoon.

The former Late Late Show host stunned listeners when he revealed he would not be on air next week, as he is going into hospital.

"I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week... They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back," he said.

"I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life.

"It's my turn now ... Many, many people much worse off. Thank you for your good wishes."

Speaking last night, Byrne revealed that he will know more in the coming days and that his outlook remained positive.

"I was stating it to my listeners to avoid any rumours or talk," he said. "I said (on my show) that I have to go into hospital for more tests - I could have a touch of prostate cancer. Nothing has been confirmed, I will know more at the end of the week."

Following his retirement, Byrne continued to broadcast on radio and TV. He suffered a heart attack last December but returned to work just weeks later.

Belfast singer Brian Kennedy - recently diagnosed with cancer himself - tweeted that he was "sending all my love and support to Gay Byrne after hearing about his cancer".

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