Comedian and presenter Sandi Toksvig has been admitted to hospital in Australia with bronchial pneumonia.
The 64-year-old, known for hosting the Great British Bake Off and QI, has subsequently cancelled a string of tour dates.
A statement on Toksvig’s Twitter said: “Due to illness, Sandi has cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour.
“She has been admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia while still in Australia and is unable to travel & perform.”
Bronchial pneumonia is a type of pneumonia featuring acute inflammation of the bronchi, the two large tubes that carry air from the windpipe to the lungs, and is often accompanied by inflamed patches in the nearby lobules.
Toksvig was due to begin the New Zealand leg of her tour on Sunday, visiting Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
She has just completed a string of live dates in Australia, visiting cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Her show, titled Sandi Toksvig Live!, is described as being “an evening of comedy and curiosities” in which she shares “little known facts” and tells “tall tales” alongside some “really silly jokes”.
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Toksvig announced her departure as co-host of Bake Off in January 2020, saying she wanted to focus on other projects.
Little Britain star Matt Lucas was announced as her replacement, joining Noel Fielding to present from inside the Channel 4 show’s tent.