Gordon Lightfoot was being treated in a hospital yesterday (Sept. 8) for an undisclosed ailment. The 63-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter was rushed to a hospital in Orillia, Ontario, shortly before

Gordon Lightfoot was being treated in a hospital yesterday (Sept. 8) for an undisclosed ailment. The 63-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter was rushed to a hospital in Orillia, Ontario, shortly before he was scheduled to perform Saturday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.

He was later flown in an air ambulance to the McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, 30 miles west of Toronto. "Mr. Lightfoot and his wife have asked that no more information be given at this time," the spokesperson said. "I think for right now, they just want to be together as a family."

Lightfoot had been scheduled to appear at the Opera House in Orillia, 50 miles north of Toronto.

Best-known for hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind," "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "Carefree Highway," and "Sundown," Lightfoot is one of Canada's most-honored performers, and has received the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. He was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during its 75th annual convention last October.

Lightfoot has North American tour dates scheduled through a four-night stand Nov. 13-16 at Toronto's Massey Hall. His next scheduled performance is slated for Sept. 17 at Moncton (New Brunswick) Coliseum.


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