Meat Loaf collapses on stage during concert in Canada

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

The 68-year-old was taken ill on Thursday night “due to severe dehydration” near the end of his concert in Alberta, Canada, his agent said.

Jeremy Westby said Meat Loaf extends “heartfelt thanks for everyone’s support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery”.

The singer, who is currently on a tour of Canada, had cancelled two other concerts in recent days citing ill-health.

A video of his performance at Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium showed him dropping his microphone and falling to the floor during a performance of his classic I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

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

A spokesman for Alberta Health Services said a patient was taken to hospital, but declined to identify the patient for privacy reasons.

The audience was asked to vacate the arena, concertgoer Mikey McBryan, 33, said.

Meat Loaf had appeared to be struggling earlier in the performance, he added. “It was him forgetting words, he wasn’t on cue, but it was forgivable,” he said. “We’re all loving it and going crazy, and then it just took a turn for the worst.”

Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf made his name with theatrical stage productions and operatic songs.

His hits include You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and Bat Out Of Hell.

Meat Loaf won a Grammy Award for I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

He also appeared in films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne’s World and Fight Club.

The Texas-born star has collapsed on stage before. In 2011, medics rushed to his aid during a concert in Pittsburgh, but he finished the show.

In 2003, he collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital.

The singer said he suffers from asthma and from a medical condition which causes an irregular heartbeat.

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.

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