Infamous Saddleworth Moors murderer Ian Brady is in hospital after suffering a suspected seizure, said his solicitor.
Brady was due to attend a mental health tribunal on Monday after asking to be transferred to a Scottish prison to be allowed to die.
But the partner of Myra Hindley, who together murdered five children in the 1960s, is now in Ashworth’s general hospital, Merseyside.
Brady's solicitor Richard Nicholas said the tribunal ‘was obviously very important’.
He added: "We are waiting for a decision. We hope it's not going to be affected."
Brady has spent the last 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.
A spokesman for the hospital said: "Ian Brady, a patient at Ashworth Hospital, has been admitted to a general hospital after becoming acutely physically unwell on the ward.
"He is undergoing a series of tests and as a precaution he will be kept in.
"Ian Brady, 74, is in a single room and will be accompanied in that room at all times by two nurses from Ashworth Hospital. Two other members of Ashworth Hospital staff will also be on duty outside his room throughout his stay in the general hospital.
"It is too soon to provide a comment about his condition."
Brady has been tube fed since refusing food 12 years ago.