Richard Bacon is fighting for his life in hospital after being placed in a medically induced coma.
The former Blue Peter host, 42, contracted the mystery respiratory virus, which doctors initially incorrectly identified as serious pneumonia across both lungs.
After Bacon failed to respond to treatment doctors were forced to take emergency action and place him in a coma.
Richard Bacon, 42, has been placed in a medically induced coma after contracting a mystery lung condition
The former Blue Peter host has now been in a critical condition for a week, reports The Sun.
A source close to Richard told The Sun: ‘This is an extremely worrying time for everyone who loves him.
‘Doctors started treating him for pneumonia but it soon became apparent that it wasn’t working and his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse.
‘They had no choice but to put him into a medically induced coma to save his life because things spiralled so fast, but that was a week ago and they are no closer to finding out what is wrong with him or how to help him.’
Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon wrote that he was sending ‘magical powers’ to the former Blue Peter star
‘All our love’: Comedy double act Dick and Dom penned a touching tribute to Richard
Heart Radio presenter Toby Anstis said that he was thinking of the star’s family
Celebrities have taken to Twitter to pen their support for the star, including Keith Lemon, presenter Toby Antis and comedy act Dick and Dom.
Also sending their support was cricketing legend Gary Lineker, who wrote on Richard’s last Instagram – where he was lying on a hospital bed – ‘hope you’re ok fella.’
The ex-presenter was last seen in the picture posted last week with nine wires strapped to his chest as he lay in bed at Lewisham Hospital in south-east London.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s the NHS’s 70th birthday today. I hate to miss a party’.
Jemima Khan also enquired as to his well-being, saying ‘Why are you okay?’ on Richard’s last Instragram, showing him in hospital with wires attached to his chest, while Professor Green penned ‘was this mid party? Hope you’re alright’
Jemima Khan also enquired as to his well-being, saying ‘Why are you okay?’, while Professor Green penned ‘was this mid party? Hope you’re alright’.
Actor Will Kemp also joked: ‘Your being waxed, right?’, to which Richard replied ‘haha’.
The radio personality tried to make light when he joked he was glad he got ill in the UK where he can be cared for by the NHS.
The axed Blue Peter presenter’s condition remains unstable (pictured in London, April 2017)
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank God I got ill in Britain (actually on the way to Britain, was taken off the plane in a wheelchair).
‘F**k all the ideology driven politicians who’ve messed up America’s healthcare system. Viva the NHS. Happy 70th.’
He also joked on Instagram: ‘It’s the NHS’s 70th birthday today. I hate to miss a party.’
MailOnline has approached Richard Bacon’s representatives for further comment.
Earlier this year Bacon revealed how he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at age 42.
In a candid interview with The Sun, the Fox presenter admitted his behaviour had spun out of control in the run-up to his diagnosis, saying he had been going out late drinking too much, as well as losing his credit cards ‘twice a week’, and other personal items.
Hilarious antics: The radio personality tried to make light when he joked he was glad he got ill in the UK where there is a good NHS (pictured in London, April 2018)
The father-of-two, who said it was a ‘relief’ to be finally be diagnosed, admitted he was causing ‘pain and chaos’ to his family, and was tired all the time.
Concerned by his behaviour, the star saw a specialist, and after a brain scan, found out he had two types of ADHD and was put on medication.
He said the treatment has allowed him to sleep and cut down his drinking to twice a week and in significantly lesser amounts.
Richard, who has been married to Rebecca McFarlane since 2008, said now he feels he can finally change and be a ‘good husband and father.’
The couple share son Arthur, six and daughter Ivy, three.