Classic rock star Meat Loaf collapses on stage in Edmonton
Rock star Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a performance in Canada Thursday night, according to witnesses.
Attendees at the singer’s concert in Edmonton, Alberta, said that the portly performer was mid-song when he fell to the ground.
He was in the middle of “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” around 9:30 p.m. local time, Brittany Brewer, 27, told the Daily News.
At first I thought it was an act, and like he was going to pop up and finish the song, but then he didn’t get up,” she said.
“Next thing I know, he’s surrounded by security and bandmates and we’re being told to clear the house.”
Meat Loaf was taken to a local hospital, and it was not immediately clear what the 68-year-old’s condition was as of early Friday.
Local radio station Up! 99.3 said that he was revived after his collapse, was awake and knew his name.
The Grammy-winning singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, has previously missed performances because of health concerns, and cancelled a show in Calgary on Monday because of illness.
Brewer did not recall the theatrical rocker saying anything about missed performance or sickness, but said that his hands were shaking, he appeared tired and he had trouble walking.
He has collapsed on stage before multiple times, including a 2003 fall in London and a 2011 fainting spell in Pittsburgh where he then got up and finished the show.
Meat Loaf said after the first incident that he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which can cause an irregular heartbeat. He underwent surgery shortly after the collapse.
After recovery from his fall five years ago, he told the crowd that he had asthma.