Spiritualized frontman JASON PIERCE is recovering from an undisclosed illness that left him close to death.

The COP SHOOT COP star, who has recently completed recording a new Spiritualized album, spent several weeks in intensive care in hospital after his life was in "serious danger".

His partner JULIETTE has posted a message on the band's official website letting fans know Pierce is making a good recovery.

The message reads: "So after nearly dying twice in the last two and half weeks Jason has now fantastically made an alarming and brilliant recovery.

"He is still fragile and really weak weighing in at maybe eight stone but love and happiness on his side. Weirdly he is still Jason though.

"No thoughts about how lucky he is, just mentioned how mad it is that his record is written almost like he was ill before.

"Not that he's into ESP (extrasensory perception) and stuff just in the most beautiful way. Love to all and everyone who sent him get well wishes because he needed it and must have heard it and thankfully he's here and back and coming home."

21/07/2005 05:31