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Food could kill starved Blaine.

ILLUSIONIST David Blaine could die after his 44 day starvation stunt ends today, a nutrition expert warned last night.

The risk to the American star comes from ``re-feeding syndrome, '' according to Professor Marinos Elia, of Southampton University.

The syndrome, which can cause sudden death, occurs when people who

have been starved eat too much too quickly.

Today, Blaine will be taken to a private hospital and gradually reintroduced to food to eliminate the risk.

A doctor confirmed a full meal could be fatal to the illusionist.

Dr Thomas Stuttaford recalled a case of a starving man being brought into his casualty unit.

A nurse, unaware of orders that he only be fed by tube, brought him a full cooked meal.

Dr Stuttaford said: ``When I next saw him, blood was pouring from both ends.

``Despite transfusion pumps and surgeons standing by, he bled to death in front of us.''

Blaine has been taking only water in his confinement in a perspex box suspended over the Thames next to Tower Bridge in London.

Elia said yesterday the water had contained no minerals or nutrients such as sodium or glucose.

Blaine, who has visibly lost weight, has suffered dizziness and temporary blackouts and has felt weaker and more lethargic in recent days.

He is due to leave his box at 9.30 pm today.


Suffering: David Blaine in his box yesterday; Changed shape: How Blaine has lost weight; THEN; NOW
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 19, 2003
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