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Jimmy Buffett's Frightening Fall -- Caught on Tape

1/26/2011 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Buffett plummeted off the stage in Australia last night and crashed HARD into the concrete floor -- and the devastating accident was all captured on tape ... and obtained by TMZ. 

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The footage shows Buffett casually strolling towards the front of the stage when he clearly misjudges the end ... and literally steps off the edge.

Moments after Buffett hit the ground, security rushed to the singer's aid.  

Sean Fogarty, who was also front and center, tells TMZ Jimmy was doing an encore at the end of the concert called "Lovely Cruise" and 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.

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 and was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

UPDATE: According to Buffett's website he is "doing well and will be released tomorrow."
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Aaron    

Looks like he blew out his flip flop.
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Must've stepped on a pop top.

1374 days ago
17.

Gary    

Yes, blame it on the little guy. Light guy flashed a beam on light. Looks like he needs glasses.Beam me up Scotty

1374 days ago
18.

xpmark    

Isn't he the same guy who called people stupid for voting conservative?

1374 days ago
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johnsonbrown7777    

That was so funny, he just walked off the stage, I guess he was high.

1374 days ago
20.

billy    

he is a big liberal glad he hit his head maybe it knocked sum sence into him hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1374 days ago
21.

josie     

His songs were Depressing when they 1st came out and Depressing to this day!

1374 days ago
22.

Sky    

For those of us who were there since the beginning of rock and roll up to todays music know that Jimmy Buffet has a place in the history of music. Get Well soon Mr. Buffet.

Unfortunately today the young people seem to have no respect for human life let alone for a famous singer. Where have we gone wrong?

1374 days ago
23.

Bizzy    

Maybe if this old geezer stopped pretending he was 20 years old he realize he can't see, sing, hear or walk anymore.

1374 days ago
24.

bigmac    

Senior moments suck a lot don't they? I'd bet he has insurance
so he'll get 1st class care.

1374 days ago
25.

Jack    

That's what you get for taking my salt! lol. Get better Bud!

1374 days ago
26.

Jhumbird    

Heal well Jimmy! I Love your concerts and your love for life in general. The world would be a much better place with more men like you in it.

1374 days ago
27.

Mr. Bill    

How sad for you Jimmy haters cuz you don't have a clue what real fun is until you have been to one of his concerts. These people can party! One year, when I took a first-timer to a Buffett concert, he got in the car and told me, "I feel like I just had a 2 week vacation crammed into a 6 hour event....That was awesome!" I've been to hundreds of concerts with the range of performers being quite varied; Metallica to Jimmy Buffett. I like all music, but NO event compares to what the parrot heads put together.

Get well Jimmy. We people with taste love you a bunch!

1374 days ago
28.

SNooz    

Haters! Or just ignorant? Jimmy is the best of the best! Oh yes about Fins Up, this man knows how to live and how to entertain. Best wishes and mend real soon, Jimmy!

1374 days ago
29.

Anne Marie    

Many people enjoy his concerts every year. It's a great escape from this nasty world we live in. Jimmy hope you're doing o.k.

1374 days ago
30.

bob    

He is sOOOOOOO awful. Maybe he'll go away, now

1374 days ago
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