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Update: Chris Rea Stable After Collapsing On Stage

by VVN Music

Singer Chris Rea is reportedly in "stable" condition after collapsing on stage during a concert in Oxford, England on Saturday night.

Originally reported as a stroke, the diagnosis has not been confirmed; however, it is not out of the realm of possibility that is what occurred based on eyewitness statements.

Rea had suffered a stroke last year which left him with slurred speech and reduced movement in his arms and fingers.  While he was able to recover from that incident, a statement made by a concertgoer to Britain's Press Association last night seems to indicate a similar situation. Darren Fewins said:

He was standing by the microphone and he had the guitar in his hand and he kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with it. He walked forward to the microphone and he was trying to grab the microphone with his left hand, and it was swinging from side-to-side.

I thought at first there was something wrong with it and he was trying to keep it steady. He then took three or four steps backwards. Then he just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump. He was on his back for about two minutes before they brought the curtain down and then that was it.

Another fan said that Rea had been slurring his words during the previous song.

Rea's team posted a statement on social media:

Thank you to everyone sending Chris their best wishes and to all the fans who came to see him last night.

Unfortunately, Chris has had to cancel tonight's show at Brighton Centre due to illness. A decision about the outstanding date on his UK tour on 12 December in Bournemouth International Centre will be made in the future.