BBC's Andrew Marr suffers stroke

Andrew Marr Andrew Marr's Sunday morning show has been broadcast on the BBC since 2005

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Broadcaster Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, the BBC has confirmed.

The journalist and television presenter was taken ill on Tuesday, the corporation said in a statement.

"The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke. His doctors say he is responding to treatment," it said.

His programmes, The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4's Start The Week, will continue to be broadcast with guest presenters in his absence.

The statement added: "His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers.

"His colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery."

Born in Glasgow, Marr, 53, began his career in journalism on The Scotsman newspaper in 1981, later moving to London to become its political correspondent.

He was part of the team which launched The Independent in 1986, later becoming its editor.

He joined the BBC as political editor, in May 2000.

Stroke types and causes

• Ischaemic strokes account for about 80% of cases. The artery is blocked by a blood clot, which interrupts the brain's blood supply

• Haemorrhagic strokes are caused by blood vessels in or around the brain rupturing and causing bleeding, or a haemorrhage

• Causes of stroke include diseased arteries, an aneurysm or an irregular heartbeat which can cause a blood clot to form in the heart

Marr has also presented a number of history programmes along with his politics show and has had five books published.

Marr is married to journalist Jackie Ashley and has three children.

The BBC said that James Landale will present The Andrew Marr Show this Sunday.

Many of Marr's colleagues and guests have expressed concern on Twitter, including Labour leader Ed Miliband ‏who said: "My thoughts are with Andrew and his family. Hope he gets well soon."

Fellow BBC politics presenter Andrew Neil wrote: "Very distressed to hear news about Andrew Marr. Best wishes for full and speedy recovery."

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee tweeted: "Andrew Marr, renaissance man, polymath, wise commentator, painter, runner, brilliant cook - and ace editor. Get well soon. Needed in public life."

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