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By Kristin Peach
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Meat Loaf Collapses on Stage in Edmonton, Canada

68 Year Old Singer Known to Suffer From Heart Condition, Asthma

 

Guests at the singer's concert in Edmonton, Alberta, said that the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" singer was in the middle of a song, when he fell to the stage.

Rock star Meat Loaf collapsed in front of an audience as he performed in Canada Thursday night

Update: According to a statement released by his publicist, the 68-year-old singer collapsed "due to severe dehydration" and was admitted to a nearby hospital to "undergo routine tests."

Meatloaf is "responsive and recovering well," the statement continued. Concert postponements and rescheduled dates will be announced "at a later time."

Guests at the singer's concert in Edmonton, Alberta, said that the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" singer was in the middle of a song, when he fell to the stage.

It was not known what the 68-year-old's condition was as of late Thursday night. Meat Loaf has been known to skip performances because of health concerns. He cancelled a show in Calgary on Monday because of his health.

He has collapsed on stage before multiple times, including a 2003 fall in London and a 2011 fainting spell in Pittsburgh, PA. At the latter show, he came back after 45 minutes to complete the performance.

Meat Loaf said after the first incident that he was Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, one symptom of which is an irregular heartbeat. Meatloaf underwent surgery in 2003, just after he fell.

After recovery from his fall five years ago, he admitted that he suffered from asthma. Meat Loaf sold out over 160 concerts during his 2005 tour, "Hair of the Dog". On November 17, 2003, during a performance at London's Wembley Arena, on his Couldn't Have Said It Better tour, he collapsed of what was later diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The following week, he underwent a surgical procedure intended to correct the problem. As a result, Meat Loaf's insurance agency did not allow him to perform for any longer than one hour and 45 minutes.

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor usually known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums, consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Almost 40 years after its release, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually, and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. He is also known for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live performances.

On November 17, 2003, during a performance at London's Wembley Arena, on his Couldn't Have Said It Better tour, he collapsed of what was later diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The following week, he underwent a surgical procedure intended to correct the problem

After he enjoyed success with Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love", Meat Loaf experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom where he received the 1994 Brit Award for Best selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts as of 2006. He ranked 96th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

Meatloaf is generally regarded as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.[4] He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable roles include Eddie in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Robert "Bob" Paulson in David Fincher's Fight Club (1999) and "The Lizzard" in The 51st State (2002). He also appeared in several television shows such as Monk, Glee, South Park, House, M.D. and Tales from the Crypt as a guest actor.

 

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