Legendary singer Phil Collins was hospitalized after suffering a bad fall in his hotel room while walking to the bathroom.
According to a post on the singer’s Facebook page on June 8, Collins, 66, hit his head during the fall.
Collins was taken to the hospital for stitches after the fall and was expected to be OK, but the musical genius has suffered a series of troubling health issues over the years. In fact, he’s now postponed concerts that were supposed to be part of a comeback tour after he stopped performing previously because of health concerns.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Collins Has a ‘Drop Foot’ From a Back Operation That Caused the Fall
According to the Facebook post on his page, Collins as difficulty walking because of lingering issues from an old back surgery.
“Phil suffers from ‘drop foot’ as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk,” the post says.
“He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours.”
2. Collins Cancelled Concerts as a Result of the Fall but Is Expected to be on Stage Soon
The fall was bad news for fans who had tickets to see Collins perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
“We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins’ performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed tonight (June 8) and tomorrow (June 9),” Collins’ Facebook statement said.
They were his first shows in 10 years.
“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans. He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years, cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return,” the statement reads.
“These Royal Albert Hall shows will be rearranged for November 26th and 27th this year. All tickets for June 8th will be valid for November 26th and tickets for June 9th will be valid for November 27th. He will carry on with this tour on Sunday in Cologne and then Paris before returning to London for his headline performance at BST Hyde Park on June 30th.”
3. Collins Has Spoken Openly About Alcohol Issues That Led to Bad Health in the Past
Collins has had a series of health problems over the years, and some of them stemmed from a widely publicized battle with alcohol.
According to the Mirror, the alcohol issues even landed Collins into intensive care.
“Phil was soon swigging vodka straight from the bottle. Before long, he was struck down with severe stomach pains and diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, brought on by his drinking binges,” the Mirror reported. “He was admitted to intensive care, before later going into rehab, in Wiltshire. Even that wasn’t enough to get him to kick the habit.”
4. Collins Has Suffered Nerve Damage & Loss of Hearing Over the Years
Collins’ many health problems range from lost hearing in an ear to nerve damage that left him unable to play the drums.
According to The Independent, “In 2000 he lost all the hearing in his left ear. Seven years later a dislocated vertebra in his neck caused nerve damage in his hands and left him unable to play the drums.”
5. Collins Quit Music as a Result of His Health
Collins retired from music in 2011 to spend more time with his family, according to The Independent. He sold 100 million albums for the band Genesis and as a solo artist, according to the news site.
In 2016, People Magazine reported that Collins was quitting music altogether because of his crippling health problems, so the recent concerts were meant to be a comeback.
“The decades of rock and roll have taken their toll on Phil Collins – both from the wear-and-tear on his body and the pain from the constant barbs from critics,” People wrote, noting that his career is legendary and includes 13 hit singles.