Former England One Day International captain Alastair Cook is reportedly in intensive care after suffering what doctors have described as a laughing fit so severe, it became life threatening.
University College Hospital confirmed a 30-year-old man was admitted at around 9am this morning suffering with shortness of breath and other breathing difficulties.
“We received an emergency call at around 8.30am reporting a man rolling around in convulsions of laughter which were preventing him from breathing properly,” a hospital source told us.
“A witness stated that the symptoms had started at approximately 3am this morning and had gotten progressively worse until reaching a critical point around 8am.”
“We understand the man had been undertaking his usual routine of sitting down to watch the televised World Cup Cricket, and at this stage we believe this to be the cause of the debilitating fits of laughter.”
A neighbour of Cook, said he saw the former ODI captain receiving CPR in the front lawn of his garden, having earlier been seen skipping around it in a what appeared to be a home-made All Blacks outfit.
The neighbour told us, “He was doing something that I’m assuming was supposed to be a midnight Haka.”
“It was quite a sight.”
A family friend of Cook said he hoped to make a full recovery but that Doctors have warned him against a potentially fatal dose of England’s match against Scotland on Sunday.