The wife of comedian Ronnie Corbett has dismissed claims that an illness could end his career in showbusiness.

The 83-year-old underwent tests for several days last week after reportedly being taken to hospital in south London with chest pains and nausea.

But his wife Anne said he is feeling fine, and that his hospital visit was for a check-up.

She told the Daily Express: “It’s all lies, he wasn’t rushed to hospital at all. He went in for tests, that’s all.”

She had been quoted as saying Ronnie ‘won’t be doing any more TV’, but yesterday she denied saying ‘anything of the sort’.

She told the newspaper: “I had my elderly sister on the phone asking, ‘Is Ronnie OK?’ because she read about it in the paper and I said, ‘Yes, he’s fine, he brought me a cup of tea this morning’.

“We didn’t know what was wrong. He was feeling sick in his stomach and he wasn’t well. The hospital ran lots of tests. He was in there for several days.”

Ronnie was discharged in time to attend the memorial of close friend Sir David Frost at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, where he read a prayer.

It was on Sir David’s 1960s show The Frost Report that Corbett rose to fame and he met fellow comedian Ronnie Barker.

The pair went on to forge one of Britain’s best-loved TV partnerships in their sketch show The Two Ronnies.

 – Press Association