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 Shaun Ryder has so far been a decent sport in the new season of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! But the 48-year-old Madchester icon is said to be nodding off repeatedly while living in the Australian jungle.

Speaking to The Sun, his wife, Joanne reveals that the 48-year-old Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman is taking prescribed medication to fight off lingering affects onset by a collapsed thyroid. He has to take a host of pills in order to stay awake each day.

"He suffered a collapsed thyroid earlier in the year – nobody knows about that," she said. "I don't know how they're giving him the medication – or whether the other contestants know about it – but I know he is getting his pills. "He'll be on these tablets every single day for the rest of his life."

Ryder's missus further explained that he could have possibly fallen into a coma had his thyroid condition not been identified. Prior to his diagnosis, the typically jovial Ryder spent months in bed.

"It was a really bad time," Joanne added. "His eyes went all bulgy and he put on loads of weight, he swelled up like a balloon. At one point he'd come downstairs, make a cup of coffee and within five minutes he'd be back in bed for the rest of the day."

This week, Ryder apparently threatened to leave the UK reality television show, complaining that "it's doing my nut in".

Oh Shaun, that certainly sounds like you. But wait, your Mancunian buddy a.k.a. New Order bassist Peter Hook will be mighty disappointed should you leave. He's been spending "a fortune" with countless call-in votes in your honor.

For those not too familiar with I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, a range of celebrities cohabit in a jungle without their usual creature comforts, while competing in a series of challenges for a charity cash prize. Remember when Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt wreaked their usual havoc during the U.S. version's second season in Costa Rica in 2009?

Here, Ryder discusses his reasons for participating in I'm a Celebrity…:

In the clip below, Ryder joins Gillian McKeith, the former host of BBC America's You Are What You Eat, in a bizarre food tasting challenge. WARNING: Some language is NSFW:

Long before Ryder tried his hand at I'm a Celebrity…, the married family man was one of Britain's most hedonistic figures in music. As the freewheeling frontman of the Happy Mondays, the group's psychedelic dance-fused sound dominated the late '80s and early '90s. They issued four albums for British music mogul Tony Wilson's Factory Records, including 1990's standout Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches. But Ryder was also well-known for his drug-addled behavior and has previously admitted to having a penchant for heroin, crack/cocaine and ecstasy. The 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People, offers an entertaining look at their history with Factory and more.

The Happy Mondays – "Step On (Live)"
WARNING: Some language is NSFW:

by MacKenzie Wilson

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