Sooty star Matthew Corbett revealed that he was almost dead from a coronavirus and had spent 10 days fighting the infection in intensive care.
The 72-year-old puppeteer who hosted the iconic children’s show from 1976 to 1998, said it was “ touch and go ” if he would survive his COVID-19 battle.
Speaking to Cheshire Life, he said, “I grabbed the crown. I stayed at Warrington General Hospital for 10 nights and I have since been told that it is difficult to know if I will survive.
Fragile: sooty star Matthew Corbett revealed he nearly died from coronavirus and spent 10 days fighting the infection in intensive care
“Following the coronavirus, I then contracted pneumonia, which resulted in atrial fibrillation. It was much worse for my family than for me. They were terrified, they thought I was not leaving the hospital.
Arterial fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats so fast that the muscle cannot relax.
The star said that seven weeks after his ordeal, he was still out of breath and that he was “ so weak ”, which led him to make the decision to sell his house and move to a village. retirement with his wife, Sallie.
Close shave: the 72-year-old puppeteer who hosted the iconic children’s show from 1976 to 1998, said it was “ touch and go ” if he survived his battle of COVID-19 (photo in 2015)
He said: “ I can’t mow the lawn, it’s too big and I can’t shop … We are moving to a retirement village in Horsham, West Sussex, where everything is on the move Door. “
He added that he was close to the children he and Sallie shared and to Gatwick, allowing them to have “the best of both worlds.”
Matthew, whose real name is Peter, took over Sooty, the famous glove puppet bear, in 1976 from his father Harry Corbett, who originally created the characters in 1952.
He said, “I grabbed the crown. I stayed at Warrington General Hospital for 10 nights and have since been told I want to know if I will survive.
He spent 22 years presenting the show until his retirement in 1998, and according to the Times, he keeps all of Sooty’s, including his miniature OBE, in his downstairs toilet.
Sooty was originally a toy bought for Matthew by his father Harry in a stall when they were on vacation in Blackpool in 1948.
Its first appearance on television took place in 1952 on BBC Talent Night and over the course of ten days, different artists fought to win first place and perform live on the Saturday evening program which was broadcast through the United Kingdom.
Dangerous: Matthew has faced complications from the coronavirus, including pneumonia and arterial fibrillation – a condition where the heart beats so fast that the muscle cannot relax
Harry and Sooty was the overall winner and then became a regular on the BBC Saturday Special children’s show from 1952 to 1955.
The original puppet was completely yellow, but in order to help it appear better on black and white television, Harry covered his ears and nose with “soot.”
The Sooty Show continued until 1992 and eventually became a sitcom and it was there that Matthew met his wife Sallie, who also worked on the show.
Responsible: Matthew, whose real name is Peter, took over Sooty, the famous ghost glove, in 1976 from his father Harry Corbett, who originally created the characters in 1952.
Sweet: Sooty was originally a toy bought for Matthew by his father Harry in a stall when they were on vacation in Blackpool in 1948
In 1996 Matthew sold Sooty’s rights to Global Rights Development Fun (part of the Bank of Yokohoma) for £ 1.4 million – which, with inflation, would amount to £ 2.3 million today.
Matthew continued his role until December 1998, when he gave the puppet to his then co-star Richard Cadell.
Not only was his father famous, but Matthew’s great uncle was Harry Ramsden – the creator of the chain of fish and chips of the same name.
Matthew was born in West Riding of Yorkshire under the name of Peter Corbett but had to change his name in the 1960s when he joined Equity.
He began his career by appearing in Doctor Who in 1971 as a character called Jones and was a regular on the children’s show Rainbow until he left to take over The Sooty Show.
Old Life: Matthew was a regular on the children’s show Rainbow until he left to catch The Sooty Show (photo on Rainbow)