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'Britain's Got Talent' Star Antonio 'Popeye' Francis Dies Aged 54

Rebecca Shepherd

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'Britain's Got Talent' Star Antonio 'Popeye' Francis Dies Aged 54

Featured Image Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

Britain's Got Talent semi finalist Antonio 'Popeye' Francis has died at the age of 54 after suffering a stroke, according to The Sun.

The talent show star reached the semi-finals of the 2011 series with a bizarre routine - popping out his eyeballs to the beat of music.

The performer sadly passed away on Saturday after a period of illness, his family have confirmed.

A message from his family said Antonio faced a number of health battles in the years after the show.

His son, Dan Francis, who also appeared on Britain's Got Talent, said: "A week ago a family friend found him in his room on the floor unconscious where he had a stroke.

"What's crazy is he was there for at least six days so he'd survived for at least six days before we got him into the hospital and for the first two days he was breathing by himself.

Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent
Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

"This morning we woke up and I saw him take his last breath and then he stopped breathing."

The family explained that one of his wishes was to be buried in Barbados, and they are now raising money to fund this.

According to The Sun, Antonio had suffered memory loss, a minor stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure and other organ issues before his death.

Dan added: "Over the last 10 years he's been in and out of hospital 90 per cent of the time.

"He was back and forth from Barbados where he was staying with out grandma and he started losing his memory.

Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent
Credit: ITV/Britain's Got Talent

"He randomly came back to London, we didn't know why because he had nowhere to stay so he started sleeping rough.

"We found out he was sleeping on buses at night and staying round friends houses and travelling up and down the country.

"We didn't really know what was wrong, because he wouldn't tell us, plus he was losing his memory. We managed to get him a temporary place in Harlow."

RIP Antonio

Topics: TV and Film, News, BGT

Rebecca Shepherd
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