Marian Keyes’ father leaves hospital after life-threatening illness

Bestselling author Marian Keyes reveals her ailing father has left hospital after recovering from a bout of ill health that saw him read the last rites by a priest

  • Multi-million selling Irish author is behind hit novels including The Break
  • Previously revealed in a tweet that her father had been given the last rites 
  • Ted Keyes has Alzheimer’s, and he had been admitted to hospital in ill health
  • Said in a tweet on Friday he is now recovering in a nursing home  
  • She has written in the past about her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis 
  • Has described it as a ‘cruel condition’, like ‘ an invasion of the body snatchers’ 

The bestselling Irish author Marian Keyes has revealed that her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, is recovering in a nursing home after being close to death in hospital. 

Her father, Ted Keyes, had been admitted to hospital suffering ill health in April, and Marian, 54, who is one of five siblings, had told her fans in a tweet that the family was at his bedside and he had been given the last rites – prayers that are traditionally given to Catholics by a priest before they die.  

But despite the bleak outlook Mr Keyes’ condition improved, and the ‘relieved’ writer said in a tweet on Friday that he had been ‘sprung from hospital and is in a lovely nursing home’.  

‘He is in good form and good-ish health,’ she said.  

The author, who had been inundated with well wishes since revealing her father’s condition on social media, thanked her fans for their ‘kindness and support through this grim time’. 

Marian Keyes had previously revealed her ill father was read the last rites in hospital 

The bestselling Irish author updated her fans on her father’s condition in a tweet, and expressed her thanks for their support 

Keyes had previously tweeted about her father’s bleak condition, prompting an outpouring of support from her friends, fans and followers.

The popular writer, who was born in Limerick and raised Catholic, explained in a tweet that ‘Dad has got the last rites’.

The 54-year-old has written openly in the past about her father being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which she has described as a ‘cruel condition’, and liked to ‘an invasion of the body snatchers’.

She told fans at the end of April that her sister, Caitriona, was travelling from New York to be at their father’s side, and added: ‘Tis sad, lads. It’s been a bad week.’

In a further tweet posted few days later, she that her father was ‘still with us’, and said ‘it’s horribly unpredictable’.

Keyes is the author of bestsellers including Watermelon, The Break, and This Charming Man (seen during an appearance on Lorraine in 2014)

The author, who was born in Limerick, previously said in a tweet that her family was heading home to be at her father’s side 

She later updated her followers with a further tweet, confirming that her father was ‘still with us’, but that his situation was ‘horribly unpredictable’

The much loved author’s tweet prompted an outpouring of support from fans and high profile friends, including fellow writers Sheila O’Flanagan and Amy Huberman, the actress and wife of Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll.  

What is Alzheimer’s disease? 

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, in which build-up of abnormal proteins causes nerve cells to die.

This disrupts the transmitters that carry messages, and causes the brain to shrink. 

More than 5 million people suffer from the disease in the US, where it is the 6th leading cause of death.

Source: Alzheimer’s Association 

Keyes, who is famously candid on social media, previously told the Irish Times that she ‘knew very early on’ that something was wrong with her father ahead of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but that nobody would listen.  

‘I used to be enraged and so frustrated by my helplessness,’ she said in 2016. 

She went on to reflect on how the disease had impacted on  her father, who came from ‘humble beginnings’ but won a scholarship to go to secondary school and eventually qualified as an accountant.   

‘We have connected in a different way since he got ill,’ she said at the time, explaining that he was ‘far sweeter’ and more loving following his diagnosis.  

‘I feel huge tenderness and love for him and a desire to mind him,’ she said. 

Keyes’ 2017 novel The Break featured a character with Alzheimer’s.   

Amy Huberman, the actress and wife of Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll, was among those to offer their well wishes to the popular author

Support: The author was inundated with messages of support from followers and fellow writers, including Sheila O’Flanagan 

The hugely popular Irish author has published books including Saved by Cake (seen left), her account of battling her way back from crippling depression with the help of baking, and novel The Break (seen right), which features a character with Alzheimer’s 

Keyes, who is one of five siblings, is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time – her books have sold in excess of 35million copies and been translated into 33 languages. 

Her work is often categorised as chick-lit, but it often explores darker themes not typically seen in romantic fiction, including alcoholism, domestic violence, and depression. 

Keyes herself has been candid about her own battles with alcoholism, anxiety and crippling depression. 

She told Kirsty Young during an interview on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that she had experienced suicidal thoughts when her mental illness was at its height. 

The author lives in Dun Laoghaire, with her husband, Tony. 

MailOnline has approached Marian Keyes for comment.  

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