David Beckham has made a dramatic dash back to the UK after his father suffered a near-fatal heart attack.

The superstar footballer, who now lives in California, flew back to England last night following the news that Ted Beckham had been taken to hospital.

David's father had "died" on the way to Whipp's Cross hospital in London, but had then been resuscitated by paramedics.

The 59-year-old is said to be recovering in a central London hospital with his family near him.

David, 32, rushed through Los Angeles' LAX airport last night without checking in.

An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: "I don't think anyone minded at all. Everyone is just wishing him and his father the best. It was a very sad sight to see."

It is believed his wife Victoria Beckham could not come with him.

A hospital source told the paper: "He was in the emergency resuscitation room for hours as the doctors worked on him.

"This is going to be heartbreaking for David. I know he and his son haven't been that close since he got famous, but it's still his dad."

27/09/2007 10:39:59