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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 ...

76 COMMENTS

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46.

Kevin    

He has to be OK! I'm not ready for him to retire or anything else for that matter. Been a fan since the 70's, my kids are now fans. Get well soon JB!

1330 days ago
47.

Angie815    

:sigh: The bad puns above are really not neccessary. That said, I hope he gets better soon!

1330 days ago
48.

Aunt Rachel    

Enough with the jokes.
Get well soon Jimmy, your US fans are praying for a speedy recovery.

1330 days ago
49.

Deb    

i love jimmy i pray he's fine

1330 days ago
50.

Lisa    

So Sean, if NO photos were taken how do you account for what we see on TMZ? I guess your country men aren't as honorable as you'd like to think.

1330 days ago
51.

Chad    

can't wait to hear old jimmy blam Bush on his fall from the stage. Just liked he blamed Bush for the floods we had.

1330 days ago
52.

kingaling    

Some people say that the lighting's to blame, but i know... it could be my fault.
All jokes aside, get better soon.

1330 days ago
53.

wow    

How terrible. Hope he gets better soon, going to see him in April. And yeah he'll probably be joking about in the future :) and people lay off the jokes. Not cool.

1330 days ago
54.

kingaling    

The cafeteria should have no problem making him a lunch he will like. He wants his w/ lettuce and tomata, heinz 57, and some french fried potatas

1330 days ago
55.

Cardinal Ximenez    

Obviously no one has noticed Gohbinda the Sikh henchman (Kamal Khan's bodyguard) was manning the lights in the corner of the picture. He tried to kill James Bond... certainly Buffet was an easier target. So one has to wonder, when did Jimmy Buffet mess around with Octo*****?

1330 days ago
56.

Rita Antonucci    

Jimmy needs our prayers not the so-called funny comments. Get real people, an accident like that is NOT funny!!! He is on my prayer list.

1330 days ago
57.

dukeran    

51 52 &60... all could use a margarita!

1330 days ago
58.

dukeran    

numbers 51 52 & 60 all need some margaritas too!

1330 days ago
59.

kingaling    

yea get real! our prayers are going to help him so much! i think if we all pray together he will be back up on stage, singing cheesy ass beach music, tomorrow. God willing! hope you get the sarcasm, bc i'm laying it on a little thick. This is funny bc he is ok. had he died, it wouldn't be. so please people, commence with the jokes. Hopefully he gets on here and checks this out. Laughter can be the best remedy.

1330 days ago
60.

jenymilano    

Feel Sorry for the incident, i hope he is ok

read another story about jimmy buffet accident

http://tvnewsflash.blogspot.com/2011/01/jimmy-buffett-falling-during-concert.html

1330 days ago
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