Bris­tow partner’s fear for 71-year-old

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BY MARTIN FRICKER ERIC Bris­tow’s partner be­lieves the late darts le­gend’s ap­pear­ance on I’m A Celebrity had a “mas­sive ef­fect” on his health.

Bex Gadd says she now fears for 71-year-old Harry Red­knapp, who is book­ies’ fave to be King of the Jun­gle.

Bex, who lost Eric to a heart at­tack in April, aged 60, be­lieves he was “never the same again” af­ter spend­ing 22 days in the jun­gle in 2012.

At the time Eric, known as The Crafty Cock­ney, spoke at length about how much he en­joyed his stint Down Un­der, say­ing: “I en­joyed my time there – you cer­tainly find out a lot about your­self.”

But Bex claims: “It changed him for ever. The Eric that went in the jun­gle was not the same Eric that came out, un­for­tu­nately. It did make him poorly and a much frailer per­son. Mus­cles that he did have never came back.

“The ef­fects of be­ing in the jun­gle took a mas­sive toll on Eric’s health. I don’t think he ever fully re­cov­ered from it. I do worry about Harry given he is in his 70s.” Bex re­vealed Eric, who would reg­u­larly down 15 pints of Guin­ness in a ses­sion and “never played darts sober”, lost four stone be­tween sign­ing up for the se­ries and com­ing out in fourth place. “He lost two stone be­fore he went in be­cause he gave up al­co­hol to prove to the pro­duc­ers that he was not al­co­hold­e­pen­dent,” she said. “Then he lost an­other two stone in the jun­gle. Four stone in lit­er­ally a cou­ple a months is far too much. “The to­tal detox of go­ing into I’m A Celebrity and then com­ing out didn’t do his body any good at all. Eric was re­ally poorly when he came out.” De­spite re­port­edly mak­ing him frailer, Bex says his jun­gle stint played no part in his tragic death. Eric col­lapsed min­utes af­ter host­ing a VIP meet-and-greet event at the Echo Arena in Liver­pool, six years af­ter his jun­gle ap­pear­ance. “It was lit­er­ally Bex is con­cerned for well­be­ing of Red­knapp

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