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21st May 2021

Jeremy Paxman diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Reuben Pinder

Jeremy Paxman has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 71-year-old, who hosts University Challenge and has developed a reputation as one of the best political interviewers in broadcast journalism, told the Press Association he has been receiving “excellent treatment.”

In a statement to the PA news agency, he said: “I can confirm I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I am receiving excellent treatment and my symptoms are currently mild.

“I plan to continue broadcasting and writing for as long as they’ll have me and have written about my diagnosis in more detail for the June issue of the marvellous Saga Magazine.

“I will not be making any further comment.”

Earlier this year, Paxman said he had suffered a nasty fall while out walking his dog, later writing in his Saga column that he had “no recollection” of taking the tumble as he “blacked out beforehand or did so when my nose hit the ground.”