Veteran British funnyman RONNIE CORBETT was hospitalised after collapsing on New Year's Day (01Jan12) as he celebrated his inclusion on Queen Elizabeth II's Honours list.
As 2011 drew to a close, Corbett found out he was to receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (Cbe) and he marked the accolade with a family meal.
However, Corbett fell ill during the dinner and was taken to Croydon University Hospital in south London for treatment.
His wife Anne reveals he had been suffering blood pressure issues following knee surgery.
She adds, "He was absolutely delighted to receive the honour but that has been tempered by him not feeling so well on Sunday.
"I thought he'd died. I've never been so frightened. Of course the little b**ger wanted to come home, but we said no. He's a bloody fighter."
Corbett was later transferred to a private clinic before being allowed home on 3 January (12), and Anne is keen for her husband to ease up his work commitments.
She says, "I think he will have to slow down a bit. He is 81 and he never stops."