Meat Loaf has issued a health update following his collapse on stage during a gig in Canada earlier this year.
The US singer – real name Marvin Lee Aday – was playing a concert in Edmonton, Alberta on June 16 when the incident occurred.
Appearing at last night’s Q Awards in London, where he picked up the Hero Award, Meat Loaf revealed to Press Association that he had emergency back surgery last month and was still “in pain” following the operation.
“I’m just ready to sit down because four weeks ago I had spinal fusion,” he said. “There was a cyst which was pinching nerves so I had emergency back surgery.”
Accepting his award on the night, Meat Loaf told the crowd: “You brought tears to my eyes – thank you very much. A hero, let’s think about that word for second. I know we all have heroes but a hero is somebody who does something good for everybody every day. Whether it’s to open a door for somebody, whether it’s saying thank you or you’re welcome, to help the less fortunate, to do whatever you can to bring love back into this world. Because we need it folks, we need it.”
Meat Loaf previously revealed that he was on a new diet and fitness regime following his collapse.
— Sean Amato (@JSJamato) June 17, 2016
Video footage of the collapse in June saw the star fall to the floor during a performance of ‘I Would Do Anything For Love’.
Concertgoer Lindsay Sundmark told the Edmonton Journal of the incident: “We weren’t sure at first whether it was part of the act or it was something for real”. Another fan wrote on Twitter: “Meat Loaf did not look good 2nite. Was worried he wouldn’t last. Left moments b4 he went down. Had a bad feeling”.
Meat Loaf previously collapsed on stage at a gig in London in 2003 and at a show in Pittsburgh during 2011.