TV star rushed to hospital after ‘collapsing’ hours before live show

Marcia Hines was taken to hospital by an ambulance after ‘collapsing’ (Picture: Seven Network)

Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines was forced to pull out of the live show hours before filming after reportedly hitting her head.

The 70-year-old is thought to have sustained the injury after collapsing in her dressing room on Sunday and was rushed to hospital.

On Instagram, Marcia apologised for missing the show and said she had been ‘unwell.’

She wrote: ‘I’m very sorry that I’m not there with you all tonight. It’s been a big few days of work and I was feeling a little unwell.

‘I’m resting up now so I can be back with you all tomorrow night.’

Marcia is now in a ‘stable condition’ and the fall was likely due to her diabetes, according to the Daily Mail Australia.

Marcia said in a statement that she had been ‘unwell’ but was now resting up (Picture: Seven Network)

Marcia is one of the judges on Australian Idol but was forced to pull out (Picture: Seven Network)

The publication also claims that Marcia, who started out in musical theatre and later launched a pop career, was set to perform on the show.

Australian Idol presenter Ricki-Lee Coulter told viewers that Hines would be absent at the start of Sunday’s episode. 

She said: ‘You will have spotted that we are missing someone very important and very special to the Idol family. Unfortunately Marcia is unwell and unable to join us tonight,’ she said. 

Kyle added: ‘Sorry, sorry. That’s a real downplay. She was taken out of here in an ambulance. 

‘Just so that everyone knows. She’s fine. She’s well. But she didn’t just ring up with a headache. She went down.’

Marcia, who is a judge alongside Amy Shark and Kyle Sandilands, was replaced by season one Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.

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The singer was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her 30s after collapsing on her kitchen floor in the mid-1980s.

Type 1 diabetes – also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes – is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the body mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

As a result, it can no longer produce insulin – the hormone that helps the body to convert glucose into energy – leading to high blood sugar levels.

Marcia was diagnosed with diabetes in her 30s (Picture: Instagram)

Speaking previously about her diabetes to Wyza, Marcia said: ‘Before I was diagnosed as a diabetic, I ate terribly, I skipped meals — mightn’t eat for a day or so — and I can’t really do that anymore.’

She also said that she makes sure to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

‘At the end of the day, you can’t expect anyone to take care of you, you’ve got to take care of yourself. I’m not talking about running marathons, because I’ve never run one, but I’m talking about… if it’s a nice day, go for a walk, and then when you go home, put some music on and have a dance around the house,’ Marcia added. has contacted the Seven Network and Marcia’s rep for comment.

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