Richards Rests Coconut After Fall Off Palm

Fans gathered yesterday (April 30) outside a New Zealand hospital where Keith Richards was believed to be undergoing treatment for a mild concussion reportedly suffered when he fell out of a palm tree

Fans gathered yesterday (April 30) outside a New Zealand hospital where Keith Richards was believed to be undergoing treatment for a mild concussion reportedly suffered when he fell out of a palm tree on vacation in Fiji. One newspaper also reported that the 62-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist got on a Jet Ski after the fall and had another accident.

Several Australian and New Zealand media outlets reported the fall from the tree. A Stones spokesperson has said only that Richards was injured earlier this week and flown to New Zealand with his wife, Patti, for observation. The statement did not comment on Richards' condition or how he was injured.

New Zealand's Sunday Star-Times provided no details on the Jet Ski crash, but quoted Dr. Uzzel Kanti Dhar as saying that Richards was admitted to Suva Private Hospital spokesman hospital in the Fijian capital on Thursday, the same day he was said to have fallen from the tree.

Richards reportedly was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital later that day. A duty manager refused yesterday to confirm that Richards was a patient there, citing the hospital's privacy policy.

Fans gathered outside the hospitaland New Zealand's TV3 reported that Richards' wife arrived carrying clothes while a security guard carried in three guitar cases.

"Nobody likes falling from a height like that, but he's never fallen from grace for me," fan Dave Buchanan told TV3 News.

Richards and his wife were staying at the exclusive Wakaya Club resort on a small Fijian island when he reportedly was injured. A resort spokesperson said that Richards and his wife recently stayed there for about a week but would not say when they left or comment on reports that Richards had an accident.

The Rolling Stones played a concert in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 18 as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour. The band's next scheduled concert is late May at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, followed by 34 more dates across Europe.

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