X Factor star Chico Slimani has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.
The It’s Chico Time singer reportedly suffered the stroke three days ago, and was immediately taken to hospital.
The singer’s publicist has released a statement from Chico’s family, saying:
We can confirm that Chico has sadly suffered a stroke. This has been a great shock to Chico, his wife and their two children, also his close friends and family.
We thank you in advance for giving Chico and the family some privacy at this time. Chico is now undergoing further tests and further statements will be released shortly.
The 47-year-old came fifth on X Factor in 2005, and he has since appeared in pantomimes and at family holiday camps.
He is married to Daniyela Rakic, and together they have two children, Lalla-Khira and Zacharia.
Our thoughts are with Chico and his family at this difficult time.
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