Spiritualist medium Colin Fry has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. But the 52-year-old entertainer has vowed to battle on with his punishing UK theatre tour while he has sufficient strength.
Brave Colin was given the grim news several weeks ago but kept it a secret from his loyal fans.
But on Saturday 18th April he was forced to abandon his show after just five minutes at the Bluebell Hotel in Burton Agnes, Yorkshire, after feeling unwell. His show the next day at the Radlett Centre, Radlett, Hertforshire, was also cancelled.
In the theatrical tradition of ‘the show must go on’, Colin aimed to be back on stage on 23rd April at the Woodville Halls in Gravesend, Kent.
Following the sad announcement, Colin said: “It is bad news for me personally, but it has made me even more determined to carry on. It gives me a chance to say goodbye to my fans, who have been so loyal to me over the years.
“I hope they and the theatres will all bear with me. I feel good most of the time, but there will be bad days too.
“It has been a privilege to be allowed to perform my skills on a national stage and television. I have never taken that for granted and I would like to give something back and say: ‘Thank you for having me. It has been a real pleasure’.”
Colin’s condition is inoperable and is currently undergoing treatment.
His management, David Hahn/Julia England, said: “This can only be described as a terrible blow for somebody who is very much dedicated to consoling and helping others. To say we’re upset and saddened is an understatement.
“Colin is famous for his many television appearances including Psychic Private Eyes, The Three Mediums and the hit series 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry that ran for 160 episodes and is still showing both on British television and in over a dozen countries, with a fan base of many millions worldwide whom I’m sure will join us in wishing Colin well.”
Born in 1962 and displaying psychic ability from childhood, Colin started to develop his astounding ability at 15 and began demonstrating at 17, appearing with many of the senior figures of the time, including Doris Collins and Albert Best.
On the death of his adopted brother Michael, Colin became a professional medium and healer in 1996.
Soon he was attracting huge gatherings within the Spiritualist movement and taking centre stage at many of the annual events hosted by Psychic News, and generously taking on the role of advice columnist for us.
He rapidly came to the attention of TV producers and was approached by several production companies in 2002, leading to the TV series 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry for Living TV.
Colin is also a successful author. His autobiography, The Happy Medium, was published in June 2012. His previous four books have all been hits and appeared in the prestigious Sunday Times Best Sellers List.
In addition, Colin has frequently undertaken a hectic annual worldwide theatre tour of between 130 and 160 venues a year to huge acclaim.
Colin now wishes to focus with his partner Mikey on establishing a memorial Dog Sanctuary in Spain, and Colin will now be concentrating on raising funds for this. He will also continue working as a patron for the charity Actin (www.actin-spain.com).
For a list of Colin’s forthcoming performances, go to: www.colinfry.co.uk