Meat Loaf collapsed on stage during a concert on Thursday night, and fans are still waiting for word on his condition. Is he OK? Has he had health problems before? What could be wrong? The exact reason for Meat Loaf’s collapse hasn’t been released and, at the time of publication, his condition isn’t known. But the 68-year-old singer has been plagued with health problems over the years.
Here’s what you need to know.
Meat Loaf Fainted But Was Revived
At the time of publication, we don’t know how serious Meat Loaf’s condition is. But according to local Edmonton news station Up 99.3, he was revived after he fainted and taken to the hospital. He also had his mental faculties about him enough to know his own name.
Note that “revived” in this case simply means he came back to consciousness after fainting, according to Up 99.3.
Meat Loaf Has Had Severe Back Problems
In October, USA Today interviewed Meat Loaf and he jokingly said that he thought he would one day die of aneurysm while he was on stage. He added that if things were bad if he collapsed on stage, the band might play “When the Saints Go Marching In” to lighten things up.
The interview came shortly before he went back on tour after taking two years off. Meat Loaf had back surgery in 2014. He said that at the time, he had no idea just how serious that surgery was going to be or how long he was going to be away from touring. After the major surgery, he had four outpatient surgeries on his back and two on his knee.
Meat Loaf Collapsed on Stage in 2003 from an Irregular Heartbeat
This isn’t the first time that Meat Loaf has collapsed on stage.
In 2003, Meat Loaf had heart surgery after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, Billboard reported. He had a catheter ablation performed. This surgery removes tissue from the heart in order to restore a normal heartbeat. The diagnose came after he collapsed on stage while performing in London. He collapsed due to an irregular heartbeat caused by Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The syndrome can cause dizziness and fainting.
In 2011, he collapsed on stage again, Reuters reported. He said the blackouts were caused by past concussions and his asthma.
In 2013, Meat Loaf Said He Was Going to Quit Touring Due to Health Issues
In 2013, Meat Loaf announced that he “Last at Bat” tour was going to be his last, due to recent health problems, Reuters reported. He said part of the problem was his weight: “I outweigh (Mick) Jagger by about 100 pounds and that counts for something.” But he did say that he might still perform live in some locations, such as Las Vegas.
In 2007 he had been diagnosed with a vocal chord cyst, which forced him to cancel a European Tour.