Sir David Attenborough’s camp has announced that “Britain’s greatest living national treasure” will no longer be committing to his previously announced run of talking shows across Australia after Attenborough has underwent urgent heart surgery to install a pacemaker earlier this week.
The 87-year-old is apparently doing well after the surgery, with the statement on the cancellation explaining “doctors are satisfied with his progress” and that the veteran broadcaster is back to his “lively self”, though his condition prevents him making the 27-hour long trek Down Under.
All of Attenborough’s Australian tour dates were totally sold out so fans will no doubt be bummed with the news, but they aren’t alone. Tour organisers have explained Sir David is “very disappointed that he can’t fulfill the tour but it’s nothing to be alarmed about.”
There is talk of rescheduling the tour but nothing will be confirmed until the healing process is complete and Attenborough is good and ready to get back out on the road. “”He was very much looking forward to coming back to Australia and he hopes to reschedule his tour in the near future,” the update reads.
Hang tight for new tour dates but, yeah, don’t hold your breath.