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Phil Collins, 70, battles through ill health as he performs Genesis hits from chair at gig

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Though he would relish a return to the drum-kit, he has admitted: "I can barely hold a stick with this hand."He added in resignation: "There are certain physical things that get in the way."Despite his frustrations, he feels fortunate to still be alive after battling a myriad of horrific health problems which left him close to death.He injured a vertebrae in his neck, and suffered crippling nerve damage and acute pancreatitis to name just a few of his ailments.Yet it was the split from his wife, Orianne Cevy, which he feels caused him the greatest suffering of all.In fact, several years ago, he turned to alcohol dependency to help him get through the emotional turmoil."Within months you're drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and.

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