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Molly Meldrum ‘struggling’ with public health battle

He has suffered from poor health in recent years, and was seen arriving in a wheelchair to the Australian Music Vault launch last month. 

And in Monday’s New Idea, ‘friends’ close to Molly Meldrum have alleged that the music critic is ‘struggling to stay upbeat’. 

Experiencing crippling back pain caused from three serious falls, the ‘insider’ was claimed to have told the publication: ‘He is in constant agony.’ 

‘He’s in constant agony’: Molly Meldrum is ‘struggling to stay upbeat’ following crippling back pain caused by three serious falls 

A ‘source’ allegedly told New Idea: ‘He does his best to be positive, but he’s not the same old Molly.

‘He is in constant agony and, although he has lots of mates around to help, his life seems more chaotic than ever,’ they went on to say. 

The weekly went on to allege that the breakdown of his relationship from Thai businessman Yan Wongngam, who he had dated for more than a decade, has also taken a toll.

Representatives for Molly declined to comment on the claims.  

Claims: A 'source' allegedly told New Idea: 'He does his best to be positive, but he's not the same old Molly

Claims: A ‘source’ allegedly told New Idea: ‘He does his best to be positive, but he’s not the same old Molly

The music legend, who was the subject of acclaimed TV mini-series ‘Molly’ last year, has suffered from poor health in recent years.

In December 2011, Molly suffered life-threatening injuries after he fell from a ladder at his Melbourne home.

He fractured his skull, punctured his lungs and broke his ribs in the accident.

In January 2016, he slipped outside a hotel in Bangkok and dislodged a vertebrae, requiring emergency surgery. 

Health: The music legend, who was the subject of acclaimed TV mini-series 'Molly' last year, has suffered from poor health in recent years 

Health: The music legend, who was the subject of acclaimed TV mini-series ‘Molly’ last year, has suffered from poor health in recent years 

The former Countdown host made headlines at the 2017 Logie Awards in April after interrupting Samuel Johnson’s acceptance speech.

Samuel had won the Gold Logie for his performance as the TV legend in ‘Molly’.

But his delivery was cut short when the real-life character took over the microphone for a rambling performance.

Molly later apologised, telling News Corp: ‘I got a bit caught up in the moment.’ 

'I got a bit caught up in the moment': Molly made headlines at the 2017 Logie Awards in April after interrupting Samuel Johnson's acceptance speech. He later apologised

‘I got a bit caught up in the moment’: Molly made headlines at the 2017 Logie Awards in April after interrupting Samuel Johnson’s acceptance speech. He later apologised



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