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England legend Paul Gascoigne laughs off death rumours

Paul Gascoigne laughs off rumours that he had died following text messages from friends and family.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has laughed off concerns from his friends and family that he had died.

The 46-year-old has been battling alcohol addiction for some time, but things came to a head when he was taken to a rehab facility in the US earlier this summer.

Despite coming through treatment, the ex-midfielder has been involved in a number of alcohol-related incidents since his stint in rehab.

Gascoigne wrote on Twitter: "Had loads of texts and calls yesterday from friends and family calling and texting me worried that i'm dead.

"ha i laughed because if someone is dead i would not text the person because he is dead ha but i appreciate the care so i went to the chemist and got some benylin to get rid of the coffin ha... Love GAZZA X."

Gascoigne recently revealed that he has been taking guitar lessons.

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Former Spurs and England player Paul Gascoigne looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on April 7,
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