01/03/2013 11:03 GMT

BBC's Andrew Marr Leaves Hospital After Two Months For Stroke Recovery

The BBC's Andrew Marr has left hospital after almost two months and is hoping to return to work later this year, the corporation said.

Marr, presenter of Radio 4's Start The Week and The Andrew Marr Show, had a stroke on January 8, and was taken to Charing Cross hospital, where he has been recovering for almost two months,

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Andrew Marr has left hospital where he has been recovering from a stroke

A BBC spokesperson said on Friday in a statement: “Andrew Marr left hospital earlier on today and continues his rehabilitation at home with his family.

"He says thank you to all the wonderful nurses, doctors and physiotherapists at Charing Cross Hospital who have looked after him so well.

"He is looking forward to a new regime of physio at home as he prepares for his return to work later this year.

"He and his family hope that people will respect the fact that he wishes to continue his recovery privately.”

Marr, 53, is the corporation's former political editor. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, becoming the editor of the Independent before turning to television.

He has also presented a number of history programmes along with his politics show and has had five books published.

Around 150,000 people have a stroke each year in the UK with about a quarter of these in people of working age, according to the Stroke Association.