Police arrested a hammer-wielding woman after cancer-stricken reality TV celebrity Jade Goody woke up in a London hospital to find the stranger muttering over her.
The middle-aged woman was leaning over Goody, who is ill with terminal cancer, muttering incoherently and acting strangely, the Mirror reported on Monday.
The incident happened on Saturday and nurses at the Royal Marsden Hospital had to rush to Jade's aid before security led the stranger away.
When police arrived and searched the intruder, they found she was carrying a hammer.
The woman, thought to be French and in her 40s, was arrested and questioned on Sunday night before being released.
The Mirror quoted a friend as saying: "Jade woke up to find the woman in her room leaning over her, murmuring and making strange noises.
"She shouted out. One of the nurses came rushing in and the woman was taken away by security. She could have done anything to Jade. It has really shaken everyone up."
However, Jade is said to be in good spirits and has told staff she is determined to go home soon.
The friend added: "She was laughing and joking a lot and feeling better. If the nurses can keep the pain under control and she continues to feel better she could be home during the week."