Singer Meat Loaf was hospitalized Thursday night after shocking audience members when he collapsed in the midst of a concert performance. USA Today reports that the singer was “responsive and recovering well” following the incident in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
His publicist Jeremy Westby attributed the singer’s collapse near the end of the concert to severe dehydration, saying in a statement: “He was admitted to a nearby hospital to undergo routine tests. His vital signs are stable and normal. He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone’s support and well-wishes and is expecting to make a speedy and full recovery.”
Meat Loaf, 68, is best known for his recording of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” one of the tracks on his 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell,” which is recognized as one of the best-selling albums in history. The singer was born Marvin Lee Aday and also uses the stage name Michael Lee Aday.
He has collapsed on stage before, including in London in 2003, after which he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which is associated with irregular heartbeat.
A concert appearance that was scheduled for Monday in Canada was postponed.
Meat Loaf’s collapse Thursday night left concert goers shocked and confused, with some of them taking to social media to document the event. According to one witness Meat Loaf was performing his Grammy-winning song “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” when he collapsed.
Here’s a photo and comment posted on Twitter by an audience member…