Meat Loaf ‘stable’ after stage collapse

Media captionA fan filmed the moment that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage

US rock star Meat Loaf is “stable and in good condition” after collapsing on stage during a concert in Canada.

Video footage from Thursday’s concert in Edmonton shows the singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, falling on stage during his performance.

Earlier in the week he had cancelled shows in Moose Jaw and Calgary, saying he was ill.

The 68-year-old is one of rock’s most successful recording artists, with hits including Bat Out of Hell.

He was performing another hit, I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), when he dropped his microphone and fell to the floor, video footage showed.

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This photo, taken by Canadian TV journalist Joel Gotlib, shows Meat Loaf a short time before he collapsed

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Meat Loaf is one of the most successful recording artists of all time

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The singer had cancelled two concerts earlier in the week because of ill health

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Meat Loaf performing in the 1980s

Musicians went to his side to help and the music stopped.

A spokesman for Alberta Health Services said a patient had been transported from the auditorium to a hospital.

Fans said they initially believed his collapse could have been a planned part of his performance, the Edmonton Journal newspaper reported.

The Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton was cleared shortly afterwards and ambulances were seen outside the venue, the newspaper said.

Meat Loaf previously collapsed in 2003 at a performance in London, and again in 2011, during a July concert in Pittsburgh – an incident which he later blamed on an asthma attack.

The singer’s album Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and continues to sell an estimated 200,000 copies annually nearly 40 years after it was released.

Meat Loaf ‘stable’ after stage collapse

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