After his death, speculation grew about the mystery illness that had killed him. Now, for the first time, the details of his illness and of the last few months of his life have been told in his official biography. Written by journalist Ronan Casey, whose father Seamus was Joe Dolan's manager, the book explains how Joe wept when he had to leave the stage during his final concert and how he kept smiling as he struggled with his debilitating illness over the last few weeks of his life.
The first sign that something was wrong had started some years earlier when Joe frequently began to feel exhausted, a real problem because he needed a high energy level for his shows. He had another problem as well. As the book says, he was then 40 years in the business and all those years of hip shaking had caught up with him. His stage routine had become painful and a hip problem was diagnosed. He had a hip replacement in and while he was in hospital it was discovered that he had diabetes, which seemed to explain the fatigue he had been suffering from.
He was out of action for almost a year. However, with medication prescribed for the diabetes and his new hip healed, he was then back playing golf, recording, touring and doing big stage shows again. But a year later, problems emerged again. He was on holiday with friends in Spain in September when he collapsed in the hotel foyer after saying he felt weak.
His friends thought it might have been caused by not taking his diabetes seriously enough. In and early last year he was involved in a number of projects -- including the Meteor TV ad featuring him in the bath -- and was extremely busy. Sessions for a new album were postponed when again he started feeling drained. Again the diabetes was blamed but, according to the book, Joe himself was not convinced. Dolan spent Christmas Day at his home in Foxrock in southeast Dublin with some friends.
Later that evening, his illness suddenly worsened, and he was rushed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital.
En route to the hospital, Dolan suffered a massive intracerebral haemorrhage , at which he became unconscious, and was connected to life support equipment upon his arrival. At approximately hours on St Stephen's Day , surrounded by family and friends, the machines were switched off  and Dolan died within 20 minutes, never regaining consciousness. He was pronounced dead at hours. Dolan's hip bone is the only body part to ever be sold on eBay.
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