Declan Donnelly rushes to hospital to be with very ill brother after collapse

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Declan Donnelly has rushed to hospital to be with his ill brother.

The TV star joined the rest of his family in North Durham Hospital following the news that his brother, Father Dermott, 55, has collapsed.

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He has been described as "extremely unwell" as a statement issued from the Stanley, Dipton and Byermoor Catholic Parishes read: "Please pray for Father Dermott who is extremely unwell in hospital.

St Joseph's Church in Stanley will hold community prayer in order to pray for his welfare.

"Tomorrow evening between 6pm-7pm there will be a period of time before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can come together as a community in St Joseph's Church to pray for Father Dermott's welfare.

"Please be respectful to Father Dermott and his family at this difficult time, we will update you as and when we receive the most up to date information verified by the Diocese."

No updates have yet been posted from the page on Father Dermott's condition.

A source told The Sun that Dec rushed home to be by his side with the source adding he is there with other family members.

They added: "It was very sudden and everyone is just praying he pulls through."

Father Dermott grew up with his brother Declan – and the TV star almost followed in his brother's footsteps, but ultimately chose a different path instead.

However, they have remained close and Dec couldn't think if anyone better to marry he and Ali Astall in 2015 in front of his closest friends and family.

Dec and his brother Dermott are two of the seven children in his large family, with brothers Martin and Eamonn and three sisters Camelia, Patricia and Moira.

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