Morrissey Rushed To Hospital After Collapsing On Stage

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Gavin Riley

24th October 2009
At 23:59 GMT

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Morrissey's gig at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon tonight (October 24th) has been halted after the former Smiths front-man collapsed on stage.

The Manchester star opened the set with the classic Smiths song 'This Charming Man' and fell to the floor before he could begin his second. He was stretchered off the stage by medical staff.

According to The Guardian he was taken by ambulance to Great Western hospital in Swindon where medics described his condition as stable.

They quote Mark Taylor, 40, who was in the 1,000-strong audience, who said: "The stage went dark and he was taken off the stage and then his band then all left the stage. There was a wait of about 25 minutes before one of the stage crew came on and said Morrissey had left the building, and that he was seriously ill.

"Everybody started booing, thinking 'here we go again'. He has a bit of a poor track record for cancelling his concerts."

A spokesman for the Great Western Ambulance Service told the paper: "A 50-year-old man who was reported to be reported to be suffering from respiratory problems and was unconscious. We sent a paramedic in a doubled-crewed ambulance. When they arrived they found a conscious patient who was not feeling well at all."

A spokesman for the Great Western hospital said at the time: "Morrissey is being reviewed by the medical staff and his condition is stable."

They discharged him on Sunday (Oct 25) saying "he was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure. He's been seen by the medical team, much improved and now discharged home."

He has already cancelled tonight's performance (Mon Oct 26) at Bournemouth's O2 Academy and the other dates on his tour could also face the axe as he seeks to recuperate.

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