Chris Tarrant tells of terror as he suffered a stroke

Chris Tarrant revealed today how he thought he was going to die at 39,000ft when he suffered a stroke during a 14-hour flight.

The 71-year-old TV presenter said he thought he had cramp while on a plane home to London from Bangkok in 2014, before realising it was far more serious.

The former host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire said he changed his lifestyle following the incident, including doing 'bizarre' exercises and avoiding whisky.

Chris Tarrant told ITV's Lorraine programme today that he thought he had cramp while on a plane home to London from Bangkok in 2014, before realising it was far more serious

Chris Tarrant told ITV's Lorraine programme today that he thought he had cramp while on a plane home to London from Bangkok in 2014, before realising it was far more serious

He told ITV's Lorraine programme today: 'I thought I was going to die at 39,000ft somewhere between Bangkok and London. I thought I had cramp.

'I've been very lucky. It was very scary. I ridiculously did not want to go and see a doctor on the plane - where do you land?

'But I got to this fantastic hospital and I got better, but so many don't. I had to do these bizarre exercises for months.

'Usually they will say get to a doctor as fast as you can, every minute makes a difference, but I couldn't - I was 14 hours on a plane. It does make you reassess.'

Tarrant has ruled out returning to the much-loved ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Tarrant has ruled out returning to the much-loved ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

He added: 'I've changed my life a bit, my missus is very tough on food - I don't drink whisky at all. It's actually not hard, it's like smoking - you

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