Phil Collins Hospitalized After Fall, Postpones Tour

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Los Angeles Times
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Pop music legend Phil Collins was hospitalized Thursday after a late-night fall left him with a “severe gash” near his eye and required stitches.

A statement posted on the artist’s official Facebook page Thursday detailed Collins’ injury and also announced the postponement of the next two dates of his “Not Dead Yet” tour.

The tour, Collins’ first in more than 10 years, launched earlier this week with two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the same venue as Thursday and Friday’s postponed shows.

Collins suffers from “drop foot” — a condition that makes it difficult to lift the front portion of the foot — as a result of back surgery, which contributed to the fall.

“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,” the Facebook statement read.

The “Against All Odds” singer is under 24-hour observation but plans to resume touring Sunday in Cologne, Germany.

“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans. He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years,” the statement read. “(He) cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return.”

The Royal Albert Hall dates Thursday and Friday have been rescheduled for Nov. 26 and 27.

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