News of Michael Ashcroft’s severe illness broke yesterday on national and international media. Ashcroft, a British businessman and politician, garnered popularity in Belize when the Government sold many of its assets to the British billionaire under the last administration. Yesterday, 69 year old Ashcroft was a no show at his book launch of an unauthorized somewhat controversial biography of UK’s president David Cameron, “Call Me Dave,” which he co-authored with journalist Isabel Oakeshott. As it turns out, he fell ill on September 22nd and is said to have spent 18 days in Intensive care Unit, according to UK’s the Guardian online news paper. Reports said he had to be rushed by air ambulance from Turks and Caicos Islands to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio last month, where he was diagnosed with septic shock which lead to liver and kidney failure. He also suffered internal bleeding from a leaking intestinal lesion near his stomach. He also suffered from what was described as acute fluctuations in blood pressure. Ashcroft, whose situation is compounded by his diabetes, is said to be now in a stable condition and making steady recovery.