PAEDO children’s entertainer Rolf Harris cannot talk or eat and is under 24 hour care while battling neck cancer, it has been revealed.
The sex offender, 92, is said to be “gravely ill”, gargles when he speaks and is being fed by tubes after deteriorating from the disease.
But private investigator William Merritt said the former TV personality, who assaulted four girls as young as eight, “turns into a big kid again” whenever someone walks into the room.
Is it thought Harris’ health declined when his poodle suddenly died earlier this year, MailOnline reported.
Mr Merritt, who wrote a book about Harris’ trial, said he is “gravely ill”, adding: “He’s battling a cancer of the neck, and gargles when he talks. It’s difficult to understand him, but he is still the entertainer.
“As soon as one of two people walk into the room, he turns into a big kid again.
“He’s an artistic type, and he’ll try to perform on cue, even when he’s unwell.”
Neighbour Portia Wooderson told the Telegraph: “Only carers and nurses, who care for him 24 hours, come and go. I’m told he can’t eat anymore.”
Other neighbours said in 2019 he declined rapidly and only ever comes out of his house with a carer.
Paedo Harris was released from prison in May 2017. He has since been living as a recluse in Bray, Berkshire, with wife–of-64-years Alwen Hughes, who has Alzheimer’s.
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He was convicted on 12 counts of indecent assaults, including one against an eight-year-old girl.
Two of the girls he assaulted were in their early teens and he also abused his daughter’s friend, who was over 16.
He served three years of his five year and nine month sentence.
He has never spoken publicly since his release but released a statement in Mr Merritt’s book Rolf Harris: The Defence Team’s Special Investigator Reveals the Truth Behind the Trials.
The child abuser said: “I understand we live in the post truth era and know few will want to know what really happened during the three criminal trials I faced – it’s easier to condemn me and liken me to people like Saville and Glitter.
“I was convicted of offences I did not commit in my first trial. That is not just my view but the view of the Court of Appeal who overturned one of my convictions. I had already served the prison sentence by the time of the appeal.
“I changed my legal team after the first trial, and I was told that if the truth was out there, William (Merritt) would find it and he did.
“The evidence he found proved my innocence to two subsequent juries.
“I’d be in prison serving a sentence for crimes I did not commit if it were not for William’s investigation.
“It is difficult to put into words the injustice that I feel.”