I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statementIn a typically positive manner Sir John adds:
I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.
I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4Our hearts go out to John at this time.