Ginola suffers heart attack

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Updated Former Everton midfielder David Ginola is recovering in hospital after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation following his cardiac arrest yesterday afternoon.

The 49-year-old was participating in a golf competition at the Mapauto Golf Cup near Nice when he suffered the heart attack but was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Princesse-Grace hospital in Monaco where he was initally said to be unconscious but stable.

The ex-player was thought to have regained consciousness following a post from his Twitter account but subsequent reports said he is still in a coma and eventually underwent life-saving surgery.

Ginola played for the Blues briefly in the 2001-02 season, Walter Smith's last season in charge, following successful spells elsewhere in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

He made just 7 appearances for the Blues before hanging up his boots and moving into a career in television.  

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John Louis Jones
2 Posted 19/05/2016 at 17:52:10
Sen this before, Best wishes hope he gets well soon.

this is his Facebook page if you want to offer support.:

Mark Frere
3 Posted 19/05/2016 at 17:56:44
Still very young and always looks well. shocked really. Get well soon and all the best.
James Byrne
4 Posted 19/05/2016 at 18:07:33
Sad news, lets hope he makes a recovery.
Helen Mallon
5 Posted 19/05/2016 at 18:07:59
Get well soon
Denis Richardson
6 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:10:44
Wow, heart attack at just 49 having been a pro athlete most of his adult life. Wish him all the best, was a class player (before he came to us anyway), should have gotten many more caps for France but was never forgiven for '94.
Bob Cumiskey
7 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:24:43
The missus will be gutted.
Get well soon David. Always liked you as a player and now as a pundit.
Kev Johnson
8 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:57:47
Hope he's okay. I listen to him on TalkSport, always kind to the Blues. Get well soon, David.
James Marshall
9 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:57:51
I met a very close friend of his recently, and 'David' as he obviously referred to him, does like a party. Having spent several hours drinking with his friend, I can testify that Monsieur Ginola is (at least privately) known for enjoying a good time so this possibly isn't as big a shock to those who know him.

Not trying to put a downer on what is already a downer of course, and wish the guy well. He was a class act at one time, bags of talent and a handsome devil of course.

Nice guy by all accounts too - hopefully he'll be OK long term.

James Stewart
10 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:09:29
Sad news wish him all the best
David Edwards
11 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:03:24
Good luck David - while nowhere near a legend at our club, I've always thought well of you for your time here, and hope your 'party lifestyle' doesn't lead to anything other than a warning. In a light-hearted vein - keep away from Alan Brazil's clutches at TalkSport - he'll led you astray!!!!
Andrew James
12 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:44:51
I remember when Newcastle signed Ginola, Ferdinand and (was it Warren Barton?) in the Summer of '95 when we brought in Kanchelskis. That team was frightening and how they never won the league once during the mid-90's is beyond me.

Extremely gifted player. For a couple of seasons arguably the best winger in Europe although competition was stiffer in that era before wing backs or wingers became strikers.

Hope he gets well soon.

Ernie Baywood
13 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:27:39
Seem to be mixed reports on this. I've seen people saying he just had a bad reaction to playing football in the heat and passed out.

Either way, hope he's on the mend.

Brendan Fox
14 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:44:25
Get well soon David.
Andrew Presly
15 Posted 19/05/2016 at 23:30:48
That goal for Spurs at Goodison when he ran 40 yards with Mitch Ward trailing in his wake.....
Geoff Williams
16 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:38:06
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Geoff Williams
17 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:58:48
It's a false alarm, he is fine having apparently fainted during a 5 aside game in the heat. He is tweeting.
Matt Traynor
18 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:00:09
False alarm as Geoff says. Brings Qatar 22 into focus. Am in Bahrain at minute and it's oppressive heat if you're not used to it. Winter WC would make it easier but would fuck up Prem fixtures for 3 seasons at least. What were FIFA thinking? $$$$
Geoff Williams
19 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:04:16
Oh dear that's the last time I believe BBC, according to Sky he's had a quadruple bypass op.
Ernie Baywood
20 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:12:55
Jeez, best of luck to him in his recovery.

Just read a journalist claim that the tweet from 'him' making light of it was actually posted by his agent while he was in a coma! Am I alone in thinking, if true, that's pretty fucked up?

Paul Kossoff
22 Posted 20/05/2016 at 16:42:28
Best of luck, David.
George Freeman
23 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:34:40
Best wishes for a speedy recovery David. I know you will be fine. I had a quadruple by pass last year at 70 and I have never felt better. I am sure that you will be playing again soon. Golf, of course!
Steve Bingham
25 Posted 21/05/2016 at 09:25:03
Wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Paul Conway
26 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:11:46
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Definitely one of the most overlooked players for the French National team. Along with Cantona, pure poetry at their best, as Jean Pierre Papin.
Don Alexander
28 Posted 23/05/2016 at 00:51:17
A great player we saw the dregs of, no fault to him though. My missus was gutted. What's that all about???????

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