Barry Humphries in ‘serious’ condition in hospital as family gathers at Dame Edna comedian’s bedside

19 April 2023, 08:22 | Updated: 19 April 2023, 11:20

The family of comedian Barry Humphries have rushed to be by his side after the 89-year-old comedian was hospitalised
The family of comedian Barry Humphries have rushed to be by his side after the 89-year-old comedian was hospitalised. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Comedian Barry Humphries is in ‘serious’ condition in hospital after suffering complications after recently undergoing a hip replacement.

The comedian, 89, best known for his alter ego Dame Edna Everage, has been admitted to Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital.

His family are by his side and the star is said to be ‘comfortable’.

He underwent hip replacement surgery after tripping on a rug while grabbing a book back in February.

Peter Ford, Australia’s Sunrise's Channel Seven entertainment reporter, said sources have told him Humphries' health had "worsened in the last week".

Peter said: “"Things are tough. All we can do at this point in time was to do a good shout out to Barry Humphries and say Australia loves you and we will always be grateful for everything you have given us.

"I think Barry has a fighting spirit that he won't give up easily."

Weeks ago the entertainer revealed he was in 'agony' after a fall at his home in February, forcing him to undergo hip replacement surgery.

At the time, Humphries said he was hoping to be back on his feet in time for another 'one man show' to be held later this year.

Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage meeting Charles and Camilla in 2010
Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage meeting Charles and Camilla in 2010. Picture: Getty

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“I have to get back on my feet... I'm going back on tour later this year,” he said.

“The result of my broken hip means I now have a titanium hip... you can call me 'Bionic Bazza',' he told the Sydney Morning Herald in March.

The comedian added that his medical bill “is bloody enormous”, adding “I strongly advise not breaking your hip!”

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