Meat Loaf Collapses On London Stage
Meat Loaf was hospitalized in London after collapsing during a concert last night (Nov. 17).Meat Loaf was hospitalized in London after collapsing during a concert last night (Nov. 17). The 56-year-old singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, "collapsed from exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection. It is not life-threatening," a spokesperson says.
The artist collapsed in the middle of a show at London's Wembley Arena, tried to perform another song but on advice from paramedics was taken to nearby Northwick Park Hospital. "Meat Loaf will be re-evaluated by doctors today and further information about his status will be made available," a hospital statement says.
Tonight's sold-out concert at the venue has been canceled on doctors' orders. Promoters are looking into rescheduling the shows, according to Wembley Arena's Web site. Meat Loaf is already has a third show at the venue scheduled for Dec. 18.
The artist is in the midst of what is expected to be his final world tour, with dates in the U.K. and Ireland scheduled through late December. He has Australian dates slated in February and March.
Illness had already forced the postponement of two U.K. shows, Nov. 13 in Manchester and Nov. 15 in Cardiff. Those events have been rescheduled to Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, respectively, with original tickets valid for the new dates. In June, emergency intestinal surgery caused the cancellation of the first few dates on the U.S. leg of the tour.
Meat Loaf's eighth studio album, "Couldn't Have Said It Better," was released in September via Sanctuary and debuted at No. 85 on The Billboard 200.
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