On April 17, 2007, the Daily Mail reported that George Melly was battling cancer and dementia.
In addition, the Daily Mail reported:
|“|| The first hint of problems came seven years ago, when George was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is nearly always caused by smoking - George has smoked up to 60 cigarettes a day since his teens.
The condition restricts airflow to the lungs, and the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream means there is not enough blood getting to the organs - most importantly the heart.
George ignored instructions to give up smoking but was put on a vast regime of medication, including diuretics to combat fluid build-up.