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Hazel O'Connor: 80s pop legend rushed to hospital with 'bleeding on brain'

Her Galway-born father joined the British Army at 17 to fight in World War II, then moved to Coventry, met her mother and worked at a car-plant.

She once told Express.co.uk: “Dad was part of a big working class male voice choir and he and mum both loved ballroom dancing so he’d either do a gig or they’d dance and all come back to ours. We’d hear people singing, laughing and dancing….”

Unfortunately, when her parents were involved in a life-changing car accident, their marriage fell apart. 

From then on, eight-year-old Hazel and a 10-year-old Neil went to live with their grandmother. 

Hazel joked during the interview that she had only started singing to torment Neil, musing: “He had asthma and couldn’t stop wheezing. I said, ‘If you don’t shut up, I’ll sing’ and I did. He said, ‘Haze, I can’t help it!’”


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