Monty Don health: Gardeners’ World star on 'funny’ feeling before taken ill

MONTY DON, a people's favourite of gardening, revealed the ominous feeling something "funny" was going on just moments before his stroke.

PUBLISHED: 14:46, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:09, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Monty Don has become a gardening and broadcasting legend. For 17 years he has transported the best tips and tricks of the trade to the living rooms of Britons across the country via his presenting slot on BBC's 'Gardeners' World'. Since 2011, Monty has presented the show from his sprawling Herefordshire home, with regular cameo appearances from his beloved golden retrievers.

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A self-confessed workaholic, Monty took on the additional role of becoming one of the main hosts of the famous Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

His commitment to work, however, has often led to physical and mental strain.

This culminated in his having a mini-stroke in 2008.

It came shortly after toiling away at 12-hour working days while filming 'Around the World in 80 Gardens'.

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Monty Don: The veteran gardener revealed the 'funny' feeling he experienced before having a strokeMonty Don: The veteran gardener revealed the 'funny' feeling he experienced before having a stroke (Image: ITV)

Monty Don dog: Monty's beloved golden retriever Nigel sadly passed away earlier this yearMonty Don dog: Monty's beloved golden retriever Nigel sadly passed away earlier this year (Image: BBC)

Monty revealed how he knew something "funny" was going on with his health just moments before having a stroke, during a 2009 Guardian interview.

He explained: "I was so exhausted I did not know whether I was coming or going.

"I remember waking up feeling strange and dizzy and saying to Sarah (his wife), 'God, something funny is happening; I may be having a stroke'."

He tried to get out of bed and "collapsed completely".

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French gardens: Monty pictured during his series exploring gardens in FranceFrench gardens: Monty pictured during his series exploring gardens in France (Image: BBC)

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