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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. 

Jimmy Buffett Video
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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1367 days ago


Looks like "Changes in Lattitudes" to me! lol

1367 days ago


Being a true parrothead for years i hope is back on his feet again soon. His contributions to the manatees and to injuried
soldiers should not be forgotten. At least he didn't fly 3,000 of his closest friends to India on tax payers expense-maybe Obama should have taken a header during his State of the Union speech along with the canary clad gorilla he calls his wife.

1367 days ago


After being a true "parrothead" for years I hope he will recover soon. His contrabutions to the manatees and injuried soldiers say he is more than just a partier-at least he's not flying his 3,000 closest friends to India on the tax payers expense-too bad Obama didn't take a header in his State of the Union Speach -that and the canary dressed "gorilla" he calls his wife

1367 days ago


As a musician of many years, I understand why Buffet took a tumble; HE COULDN'T SEE THE EDGE OF THE STAGE. Stage lights blind you to the point that you can't tell where the stage ends.
This is a problem with the people that set up the staging, not Buffet. I found that a string of peanut bulbs, or LED's at the edge would stop you from stepping off, if not that, a spattering of objects like speakers also would let you know where the edge was. It is to bad this happened when it was so easy to fix the potential problem.

1367 days ago


He will just do a wheel-barrel roll into the sun. He'll be back

1367 days ago


WoW, I guess a lot of people don't understand music that is fun and upbeat. I think/KNOW this guy is great. Speedy recovery Jimmy

1367 days ago

Mary Christman    

I love you Jimmy. You're the best. Get better soon. Come do a concert to the West Coast of Florida and I will be in the front row, again and again and again.

1367 days ago


i wish buffet would have broken his neck! he is an egotistical *******! a power hungry idiot! not an artist of any kind!

1367 days ago

Kenny Nash    

Was somebody waisted away again in "Margariteville"? We love you Jimmy!

Kenny Nash


1367 days ago


According to his facebook page and his twitter account, Jimmy has been released from the hospital.

1367 days ago


Some of you are so ignorant, Jimmy is a class act and has helped with so many benefits. I love him and hope I can get to see him somne day. I am 72 and enjoy him so much, better than the music of today. Get well soon Jimy, want to see you up in N.E one day soon.

1367 days ago

Richard Smith    

Get Well Jimmy!! I remember all your real good stuff from the 80's. Brings back good memories of good friends that are no longer here. Count your blessings and carry on.

1366 days ago

Kenny Nash    

Was somebody waisted away again in "Margaritaville"? Get well Jimmy we love you !

Kenny Nash


1366 days ago


can you libs say, DRUNK!!!!

1366 days ago
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