Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest is “stable and resting” after having emergency heart surgery this week. His partner, Mariah Lynch — daughter of former Dokken guitarist George Lynch — shared a photo of the couple holding up their 1-year-old daughter Daisy Mae to Instagram on Tuesday (Sept. 28) and gave fans an update on the guitarist’s condition.
“Richie underwent major emergency heart surgery. He is stable & resting,” she captioned the post after thanking her followers for their well wishes. “If you know him, you know how tough & strong he is. So tough that he finished the show & kept the hair flips coming. There’s no one like him. We’d be lost without him #HotDad.”
Judas Preist’s lead vocalist Rob Halford echoed her sentiments on his own Instagram page, writing, “‘good news metal maniacs as you may have seen via Ritchies beautiful @mariahklynch our Falcon is stable and resting after undergoing extensive heart surgery.'”
On Monday, the English heavy metal band announced they will be postponing the remainder of the U.S. leg of their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour after Faulkner was hospitalized due to his “major medical heart condition.”
“It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our U.S. tour. Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in the hospital where he is being treated,” read a statement from the band sent to Billboard. “In the meantime, we are all sending love to our Falcon to wish him a speedy recovery… As soon as we have any updates from the doctors on when we can reschedule the dates, we will of course announce them – Tickets will be valid.”
According to the band’s official website, Judas Priest’s North American Tour would have concluded in November with a three-show run in Canada. The European leg of the tour was set to resume on Jan. 26, 2022, at Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Arena. It remains unclear if their European dates are impacted by Faulker’s hospitalization and recovery.
See the update from Lynch below.