Opposition Leader Marc Bean thanked “all of Bermuda for their prayers and well wishes” after suffering a suspected stroke.

Mr Bean, 42, who represents Warwick South Central, was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) following complaints that he was not feeling well.

According to a statement issued yesterday by acting Progressive Labour Party leader David Burt, Mr Bean will be taking a medical leave of absence.

“On behalf of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party, I would like to acknowledge the sincere inquiries from the Bermuda community regarding our party leader, Marc Bean,” said Mr Burt.

“I have just spoken to party leader Bean by phone, and he is doing well. He thanks all of Bermuda for their prayers and well wishes.

“The party leader has informed the party chairman [Maynard Dill] that he will be taking a medical leave of absence.

“While he is on leave, it is our party’s hope that all Bermudians will respect his privacy and continue to hold him and his family up in prayer,” he added.

Premier Michael Dunkley also extended well wishes to Mr Bean and his family yesterday.

“On behalf of the Government, myself, my family and colleagues, I extended my best wishes to the Opposition leader for a speedy recovery,” said Mr Dunkley.

“I pray that he and his family are blessed with the strength required to work through this medical challenge together and am hopeful for his return to good health.”

By Ceola Wilson