August 9, 2013 9:45

Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer 'fractured skull falling down stairs at home'

Archer continues to recover from his head injury

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Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer's mystery head injury was reportedly caused after he fell down a flight of stairs.

The axeman apparently took a tumble after he fell down a staircase in his home and fractured his skull, reports The Sun. A source told the paper: "It was a freak accident. Gem was at home with his family when he fell. The injury he suffered is very serious and his family were really worried. He's had several scans in hospital to ensure there's no longterm damage." As previously reported, Archer was hospitalised with severe head trauma following the accident on the evening of August 1. But the circumstances around his fall have not been revealed until now.

He has since been discharged from hospital but Beady Eye announced yesterday (August 8) that they have cancelled all of their scheduled live commitments in August, including performances at V Festival 2013, as Archer continues to recover from the head injury.

A statement on Beady Eye's official website reads: "Beady Eye regret to announce that they are cancelling their performance at V Festival and their remaining scheduled shows and promotional commitments in August due to guitarist Gem Archer suffering severe head trauma after an accident on August 1.

"The band apologise to fans, but under the circumstances feel they can not perform without Gem and want to focus on supporting him throughout his recovery. Gem was released from hospital yesterday evening and is recovering at home though remains under observation."

Oasis famously pulled out of the second leg of V Festival in Chelmsford in 2009 when Liam Gallagher caught viral laryngitis. The band split up a week later, meaning their show at V's Staffordshire site was their last.

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