December 19, 2007 / 2:55 PM / 11 years ago

David Gest in hospital with chest pains

LONDON (Reuters) - David Gest, the reality TV show contestant and former husband of actress Liza Minnelli, was admitted to a London hospital with severe chest pains on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

Singer Liza Minnelli and her husband David Gest pose for photographers backstage of the "Miracle on 34th Street" concert hosted by radio station WKTU in New York City, December 18, 2002. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

The 54-year-old American was taken to hospital after complaining of breathing problems in the early hours.

“David is stable and receiving the best medical attention,” the spokesman said. “We are awaiting a further update from doctors.”

There were no further details about his condition. He is recovering in a private hospital in the capital.

The music producer’s public profile grew last year after he appeared in the jungle-based British reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!”

He went on to act as a judge on the talent search show “Grease Is The Word” and appeared in a pantomime called “The Twisted Carol” in west London this week.

He is due to tour Britain early next year with a musical about his life, “David Gest Is Nuts.”

Reporting by Peter Griffiths, editing by Paul Casciato

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