Rock star Meat Loaf is recovering in hospital after collapsing on stage in Canada


Rock star Meat Loaf is recovering in hospital in Canada after collapsing on stage during a concert.

The 68-year-old was taken ill on Thursday night "due to severe dehydration near the end of his concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada", his representative said.

A statement from Jeremy Westby, of Webster Public Relations, said Meat Loaf extends "heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery".

Meat Loaf on stage (Steve Parsons/PA)

He added: "Any concert postponements/rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Thank you for your support and understanding."

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 amid a performance of his classic I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That).

Award-winning singer Meat Loaf (Zak Hussein/PA)

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

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

The audience was asked to vacate the arena, concertgoer Mikey McBryan said. Meat Loaf had appeared to be struggling earlier in the performance, the 33-year-old added.

Meat Loaf takes to the stage (Steve Parsons/PA)

"It was him forgetting words, he wasn't on cue, but it was forgiveable," 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).

Meat Loaf (Jonathan Short/PA)

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 got up and 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.