MACKEM Mover Steve Turner suffered a heart attack after he danced for the cameras of a hit TV show.
The SAFC fan, who got his nickname after being spotted on TV dancing in the crowd at the Stadium of Light, had to be taken to hospital during filming for Sky One’s Got To Dance show and needed surgery.
The 48-year-old had made it through the preliminary auditions of the show, hosted by Davina McCall.
He earned a standing ovation and three gold stars from the judges, ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, actor Adam Garcia and Ashley Banjo, choreographer of former winners Diversity.
His routine will be screened on this Sunday’s episode.
Steve, dad to Scott, 16, and Vanessa, 15, said: “It was brilliant. To be on a dance stage being recognised purely for my dancing rather than just being a mental Sunderland fan, to get the recognition that I did was great.”
But disaster struck when the crew went to his County Durham home to film the result of whether or not he would make it the finals.
Steve said: “I did a bit of a dance for them in the kitchen and then we sat down on the sofa to have a chat.
“I started feeling really bad and like someone was running two needles up and down both arms.
“They rushed me into hospital and operated on me within an hour-and-a-half.”
Surgeons inserted a small tube into the blood vessel that had collapsed causing the heart attack.
Although Steve said he felt back to normal just three days after the operation, he is unsure he will progress in Got To Dance.
“I don’t think I will get to the finals now,” the call centre worker told the Echo.
“They will probably think I’m an insurance risk, but I had a really good day and I will be entering next year.”
Steve, who won the North East Breakdancing Championships on his 21st birthday, does not plan to let his heart attack get in the way of his love to dance.
“The doctors recommend that you stay active afterward,” he said. “So I will keep dancing.
“I would love to do it as a job and work with the Sunderland community, maybe with schools or businesses, getting kids interested in dancing.
“So any local businesses or dance studios who want to get in touch, I would love to do something with them.”
l Got to Dance will be screened on Sky One at 7pm this Sunday.