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Buffett Hospitalized After Fall From Stage in Sydney

January 26th, 2011

As Jimmy Buffett was wrapping up an encore with “Lovely Cruise” in Sydney, Australia, he tumbled off the stage injuring himself. According to TMZ, Buffett is in stable condition and will remain in the hospital for observation.

Audience member Dan Bateman, 30, told The Daily Telegraph Buffett fell face first off the stage.

“We were in the 10th row and it looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn’t get up,” Mr Bateman, from Cairns, said.

Another tells TMZ more:

An audience member in the front row tells TMZ it appeared Buffett was unconscious for about 5-10 minutes and that he had a huge gash on his head. Paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.

Sean Fogarty, who was also front and center, tells TMZ Jimmy was doing his solo at the end of the concert, walking along the edge of the stage when the lighting person splashed “a huge flash of light” along the stage, making it impossible to see and he fell. Fogarty says the next thing he knew he heard Buffett’s head strike the metal on his way to the floor.

Another audience member who was close to the stage, tells TMZ a slightly different story …. that it looked as if Buffett was about to jump off the stage to shake hands when he misjudged the jump and fell. The audience member also says he saw Buffett’s head strike a metal strip on his way down.

The light flash lasted 10 seconds and no one even knew Buffett had fallen until the flashing ceased.

We’ll update the story as more info becomes available.

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