Meat Loaf Collapses On Stage During Concert In Canada
Update: A spokesperson said the singer had collapsed due to "severe dehydration", and was now responsive and recovering well.
Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a concert in Canada last night.
Video footage showed the 68-year-old drop his microphone before falling to the ground at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, at around 9.30pm local time.
Fans chanted "Meat Loaf" while he was being attended to on the stage, before being evacuated from the venue.
A statement from Meat Loaf's representatives said the singer had collapsed due to "severe dehydration".
The statement said:
He was admitted to a nearby hospital to undergo routine tests. His vital signs are stable and normal — he's responsive and recovering well.
He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery.
Any concert postponements / rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
The Alberta Health Service had confirmed to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that a patient had been taken to hospital, but provided no other details.
It is understood Meat Loaf regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, however.
The "Bat Out of Hell" singer, real name Michael Lee Aday, had cancelled two other shows in Canada – in Moose Jaw and Calgary – in the past week due to illness.
His official Facebook page posted this photo before last night's concert:
People at the concert said they initially thought Meat Loaf appearing to faint while performing "I Would Do Anything for Love" was part of the show.
“It looked at first like he was just being theatrical and lying down on the stage,” Britt Brewer told the Edmonton Journal.
Fan Angus Munroe told CBC: "It was slow, he just kind of rolled over, it almost looked like it would have been part of the show.
"There was sort of a pause in the crowd and the music stopped."