First Dates star Merlin Griffiths rushed to hospital with cancer complications | The Sun
28th June 2022

FIRST Dates barman Merlin Griffiths has revealed he's back in hospital due to bowel cancer complications.

The popular barman shared a selfie from his bed and wrote: "Oh… Squibwibble. #complications."

The 47-year-old, who is bravely sharing his cancer journey to raise awareness, was inundated with supportive messages.

One fan said: "Sending you so much love, hope it gets better soon xx."

Another wrote: "Sending positive vibes and wishing you better. You got this! 🙌."

A third said: "Get well soon Merlin. Thinking of you…"


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Just two weeks ago Merlin told The Sun he was "doing well" after undergoing major surgery in April.

Three months prior to receiving his diagnosis, Merlin started to get pain in his stomach.

He thought it was because of a car accident that happened when he was 20.

But after further investigation, doctors went on to discover a 4.5cm Stage 3 tumour.

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In recent weeks Merlin had been focusing on getting fit in the great outdoors.

He also launched Royal Ascot's first ever reduced and no alcohol bar today as part of an initiative to encourage mindful drinking.

Named the ‘Jubilee Spritz’, the mocktail uses Harrogate Sparkling Water, touches of lavender, reminiscent of the rolling Yorkshire countryside, combined with aromatic CleanCo Clean G, less than 0.5% non-alcoholic spirit, complemented by a touch of fresh lemon juice for a refreshing taste.

"Mindful drinking makes a lot of sense," said Merlin.

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"I'm glad to see someone like Harrogate Spring Water is really taking this on board, running with it and getting it out to a wider audience. 

"Of course health is important to me and it will remain so for the foreseeable future now, absolutely."

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