I'm A Celebrity 2021: David Ginola reveals his 'crazy' near-death experience

By Emma Grimshaw

Football legend David Ginola shared with fellow camp members the moment he 'passed away' for 12 minutes during a near-death experience.

During a bonding talk on tonight's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! the celebrity said emergency crews had to get a defibrillator after the sportsman suffered a heart attack.

Paramedics had to try five times before he responded to the life-saving treatment.

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The 54-year-old said: “Just playing football and at one stage you just fall on the floor. So they have to perform CPR for 12 minutes and they arrive with the defibrillator and they shocked me, one time, two times, three times.

“They said, ‘I think your friend is dead’. A fourth, fifth time. The fifth time, a heartbeat. The surgeon said, ‘you’ve been very lucky David, it’s a miracle. In your condition nine out of 10 would have died’.

“When you come back from that you just have your mind full of questions. Is it a message? Am I going back for a second life for a purpose? Because when you’re fighting, when you’re dead, you’re on the crossroads. There’s life and death.”

David, 54, spent the first part of his football career in France before moving to Newcastle United in 1995, for a fee of around £2.5m.

Outside of football, David has also worked as an actor, model and football pundit.

After his big reveal, Richard Madeley said he felt honoured that the footballer had shared something so personal with the group, while Naught Boy branded the tale 'crazy'.

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