rocker Meat Loaf collapses on stage in Canada
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[June 17, 2016]
(Reuters) - American rock
singer Meat Loaf collapsed on stage while performing in
Canada on Thursday, videos posted online showed, days
after he postponed a show due to illness.
The 68-year-old dropped his microphone and fell to the floor
in the middle of his 1993 hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I
Won't Do That)". Stage hands and band members rushed to his aid
as he lay on the stage.
“I didn’t know if it was real. All of the band stopped playing
instantly,” fan Lotta Shandalla told the Edmonton Journal
newspaper after concertgoers were ushered out of the Jubilee
Auditorium in the city in Alberta province.
Emergency personnel responded at the scene, the newspaper said.
His condition was not known and authorities in Edmonton were not
available for comment.
Meat Loaf postponed a show in Calgary on Monday due to illness.
With a huge voice and a body to match, the "Bat Out of Hell"
singer, born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, had slimmed down
in recent years but suffered from frequent health problems and
told Reuters in 2013 he would stop touring.
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"I outweigh (Mick) Jagger by about 100 pounds (45 kgs) and that
counts for something. He hasn't seen the wear and tear," he said at
Meat Loaf pulled out of a concert in Britain in 2013 hours before he
was due on stage. He canceled a European Tour in 2007 after being
diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal chords and has collapsed on stage
at least once before.
He later blamed blackouts on past concussion injuries and other
health problems on asthma. In 2012, he underwent a knee replacement
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Robert Birsel
and Robin Pomeroy)
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