Gascoigne daughter’s thanks ‘for kind words’ for father

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THE DAUGHTER of troubled former football star Paul Gascoigne has thanked well-wishers after he was pictured being put into an ambulance after reportedly being found slumped outside his home.

The ex-England player, 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol, and is said to have been taken away by emergency services from his home in Dorset.

Twitter users sent messages of sympathy and support to his model and reality star daughter Bianca, which she retweeted.

The 27-year-old wrote: “Thank you for your kind words.”

Pictures published yesterday show Gascoigne looking gaunt and almost unrecognisable from his footballing glory days.

In a TV documentary shown last September, the star described the pain of fearing he might start drinking again, despite knowing it could kill him. The ITV show, Being Paul Gascoigne, revealed he was addicted to sweets and spent £1,000 a year on anti-wrinkle jabs to counteract the ravages of drinking.

The star of the Italia 90 World Cup, whose teams included Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Everton and Middlesbrough, spoke about overhearing doctors say he might die when he was being treated in the US. Friends from sport and showbusiness clubbed together last year to pay for his treatment.

Just hours before his latest health scare, it emerged Gascoigne, born in Dunston, Gateshead, was to return to football playing for a Sunday League side. Now living in Bournemouth, where he has been treated for alcoholism, he was recruited to Abbey FC in the Hayward Sunday League Division Four by taxi driver and manager Chris Foster.