Monday 5 December 2016

Meat Loaf recovering after on-stage collapse caused by 'severe dehydration'

Published 17/06/2016 | 16:56

Meat Loaf, pictured in 2010, collapsed during a concert in Canada on Thursday night (AP)
Meat Loaf, pictured in 2010, collapsed during a concert in Canada on Thursday night (AP)

Rock star Meat Loaf is recovering in hospital after collapsing on stage during a concert in Canada.

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The 68-year-old was taken ill on Thursday night "due to severe dehydration" near the end of his concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, his representative said.

A statement from Jeremy Westby, of Webster Public Relations, said Meat Loaf extends "heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery".

He added: "Any concert postponements/rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Thank-you for your support and understanding."

The singer, who is currently on a tour of Canada, had cancelled two other concerts in recent days citing ill-health.

A video of the incident shows him dropping his microphone and falling to the floor during a performance of his classic hit I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That).

Musicians went to his aid, and the gig was eventually halted.

The audience was asked to vacate the arena, fan Mikey McBryan, 33, said.

Meat Loaf had appeared to be struggling earlier in the performance, he added. "It was him forgetting words, he wasn't on cue, but it was forgivable," he said.

"We're all loving it and going crazy, and then it just took a turn for the worse."

Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf made his name with theatrical stage productions and operatic songs.

His hits include You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad and Bat Out Of Hell, and he won a Grammy Award for I'd Do Anything For Love.

He has appeared in films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne's World and Fight Club.

The Texas-born star has collapsed on stage before.

In 2011, medics rushed to his aid during a concert in Pittsburgh in the US, but he got up and finished the show.

In 2003, he collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital.

The singer has said he suffers from asthma and from a medical condition which causes an irregular heartbeat.

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