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Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock reveals he was clinically dead after heart stopped in surgery

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NEIL 'Razor' Ruddock has revealed he was clinically dead after his heart stopped in surgery.

The former footballer admitted he was on a path of destruction before having a pace maker fitted.

Neil, 52, had spent years going on massive benders, with him revealing to the Daily Star Sunday: "At my worst I was crazy – I was doing three or four ­bottles of wine a day, easy-peasy, plus spirits, beers, cocktails.”

Things weren't straightforward when it came to having his pace maker fitted, he explained: "Before I could get my pacemaker I had to have my heart zapped to slow it down.

“They zap it seven times. If your heartbeat doesn’t return to normal after seven times, you’re in trouble.

“Mine came back the third time they did it – but it stopped and I was technically dead for several seconds.”

Doctors had decided Neil needed surgery after discovering his resting heart rate was at least 130 beats a minute - it should be between 60 and 70.

They also discovered the former West Ham player's heart had been stopping for up to seven seconds a night while he slept.

The sportsman's health woes were only discovered when he was sent for a health MOT while taking part in ITV show, Harry's Heroes.

Neil is thankful to the show for pretty much saving his life, saying: "Harry’s Heroes sent me to a heart surgeon to check everything was alright because I was getting dizzy just running upstairs.

"I thought, ‘Oh, no, it could be brain trauma after heading too many footballs’.

"But they found it was from my heart beating too fast, so that was a big wake-up call.

“The doctors said, ‘We got you just in time’."

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