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Jimmy Buffett

Hospitalized

After Fall from Stage

1/26/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Buffett was rushed to a hospital in Australia today after he fell off the stage during a concert ... and it appears flashing lights from the lighting director may have triggered the fall that left him unconscious ... TMZ has learned.

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TMZ has confirmed the 64-year-old singer was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney after he crashed into a large gap in front of the stage during the show's finale at Hordern Pavilion.

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 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.

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

We're told doctors at St. Vincent's are still assessing his injury.

UPDATE:  We're told Buffett is in stable condition and will stay in the hospital for observation.

We will keep updating this post ...

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31.

Edward    

Maybe he will blame it on BUSH like he did the Gulf Oil spill. Stupid old pot head!!!

1275 days ago
32.

Jill Starr    

What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator By Jill Louise Starr NJ USA

https://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/what-it-s-like-to-chill-out-with-whom-the-rest-of-the-world-considers-as-the-most-ruthless-men-in-the-world-ratko-mladic-and-radovan-karadzic-confessions-of-a-female-war-crimes-investigator

Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such cir***stances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

'''Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case By Jill Starr

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(The Do***entary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

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This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states having a substantial conversations, and, openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked! The idea was “let’s discuss it.” "It’s a great topic to discuss."

Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate topic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

In particular., since “Spain” was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, “Spain” must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was “socially acceptable” for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student.

SPAIN’s diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally!SPAIN HAS TAUGHT THE WORLD THE TRUE DEFINITION OF AN “INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.”

I represented the state interests’ of the Former Yugoslavia, in Diplomat Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.

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1275 days ago
33.

dukeran    

Number 32 also needs a margarita, maybe two !

1275 days ago
34.

HarlotO'Hara    

jill...have a margarita...

1275 days ago
35.

Dennis    

What's up with 32?
I think we will be hearing JB telling us all the jokes about his fall in the future.

1275 days ago
36.

JJ    

GET WELL!!

1275 days ago
37.

Horndog    

He heard Katherine Jackson was complaining about greedy lawyers.

1275 days ago
38.

nanunanu    

I love Jimmy, too. But here's another reason old people should stay off the stage.

1275 days ago
39.

Christy    

Love Jimmy too! Hope is gets better soon but I bet that's a hell of a headache!

1275 days ago
40.

JeanSC    

Flashing lights by themselves cannot 'trigger a fall.' One has to take a step to fall, and unless one has some neurological disorder in which flashing light causes involuntary leg muscle contraction, one has a choice, when one can't see ahead well enough, to just stop in one's tracks and stay put until one looks around for the next safe place to step. I like Jimmy Buffet and am sorry to read about this accident. It sounds like the context was an incautious choice on his part, in a poorly planned light display.

1275 days ago
41.

gutsygirl    

Not a fan of his music or his politics but after what happened to Natasha Richardson I find no humor in this story. Pray he's well!

1275 days ago
42.

jester51    

Been to Jimmy's concert at Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh abd others. Hope that he will be okay and back on stage for many years to come.

1275 days ago
43.

Angie    

Jimmy... you got to get well.. i have a 9 yr old who adores you as much as I do.. and I promised him a Buffett concert... Sending tropical vibes your way...

1275 days ago
44.

werkbitchdotcom    

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1275 days ago
45.

shannon    

Knowing Jimmy he'll turn this into another one of his memorable life moments by putting it into a song for all of us parrotheads to enjoy. We love you Jimmy! Get well soon!

1274 days ago
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