Noel Gallagher told he would 'drop dead' if he stopped taking tablets for mystery illness

Frontman says he was hit with various health issues in 2013

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Noel Gallagher was told he would “drop dead” if he did not take medication for a mystery illness, the singer has claimed.

The outspoken frontman described various health issues he faced in 2013, including one mystery illness that required him to take medication in an interview with The Telegraph.

In a lengthy interview with the paper, Gallagher said the first of two undisclosed problems was discovered when he went for an annual check-up after recovering from Glandular Fever: “Honest to God I felt all right when I went in, and the doctor made me feel like I was about to drop dead in the street when I came out.”

He refused to specify the nature of this specific illness, saying: “I won’t go into it.”

After this, the unlucky 47-year-old say he was hit by tinnitus in his ear and pulled two muscles in the back of his hand after cracking it “on the side of something”, before pulling his back out during a holiday with his children.

He explained: “I was getting out of a swimming pool with one of them in my hand and did my back in. Then my doctor put me on these tablets – I won’t tell you what for [and] told me that if I didn’t take them I would virtually drop dead. I was taking them for months and they made me feel awful. So I quit taking them and I feel great again. But I was thinking, the health game’s a racket. "

However, he says that starting work on his new album “took my mind off it” and he began to feel better.

The singer was on slightly more biting form in interviews recently when he claimed he'd rather "drink petrol" than listen to Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talk and ridiculed Ed Sheeran for producing "polished pop".