[artist id="3728"]Jimmy Buffett[/artist] has been hospitalized after falling off the stage during a concert in Sydney on Wednesday night (January 26) local time.
The singer took a spill while strumming “Lovely Cruise,” sustaining a head injury after tumbling off the stage mid-performance, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Fans were forced to exit the Hordern Pavilion after the accident, and Buffett was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital about 30 minutes after the fall. The Margaritaville mogul was knocked unconscious, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
An audience member described the incident to the Telegraph: “We were in the 10th row, and it looked like he did a massive face-plant after his encore and pretty much didn’t get up,” concertgoer Dan Bateman said. “We were told to leave the premises. No one really wanted to leave because everyone was anxious to know if he survived the fall. Everyone was pretty horrified.”
According to a message posted on Buffett’s website, the singer is recovering and is expected to leave the hospital soon.
“As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital,” the statement says. “The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!”
The set was one of Buffett’s first performances in Australia in two decades. Wednesday night’s show was a late addition after the singer capped off two sell-out dates at the Sydney Opera House. The event occurred on Australia Day, which commemorates the founding of the nation, and Buffett reportedly packed the set with tributes to the festive occasion.
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