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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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61.

ParrotheadPeteNJ    

From a fan who has enjoyed many a night with the big Parrothead guru and his Coral Reefers best wishes to Jimmy and his family. Get well soon and Sail or Sailor. According to the Coconut Telegraph Jimmy reached Heaven but God already said "Jimmy, Nah!-you already havd it better in Margaritaville! I had a gift I should have sent much earlier-the name for your next tour-that I hope you will use in 2012. Hope to see you this Summer for your 2011 "Fin Land" tour in Camden NJ, Philly or always my wish a return to Holmdel NJ. FINS UP!

1333 days ago
62.

SUE    

LOVE YOU JIMMY HOPE YOU ARE BACK ON STAGE SOON!!!I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS APRIL IN NORTH CAROLINA.I HAVE SEEN YOU 27 TIMES ALL MY KIDS HAVE BEEN TO YOUR CONCERTS AND NOW MY GRANDAUGHTER LOVES YOUR SHOWS FEEL BETTER SOON.

1333 days ago
63.

Rosy    

Couldn't sleep last night after what I saw. So happy you are doing better, Jimmy!

1333 days ago
64.

catherine cline    

WHY idi it take the EMT's 15 minutes to respond? Why was there not someone on duty backstage and several in the audience " just in case"??

1333 days ago
65.

Shell    

Dang! What's my world/my men coming too? First Steven now Jimmy. Not to mention Keith Richards falling from the Coconut tree. At least he had some poise and creativity. Got to be the Viagra!

1333 days ago
66.

denise    

oh jimmy..you are officially and old fart :)

1333 days ago
67.

DRJ    

Jimmy, get well soon and come back home to Florida - we miss you, already, and we love you so much! Jimmy, although always too innocent to get it, I loved your music as a child and still do. It evokes beach and Key West imagery. When I think of your music I think of paradise. You are a gift bestowed upon this world. Get well soon. I have and will continue praying for you (I am sure you have a worldwide prayer chain going now).

This is serious. In keeping with the saying, "Treat others as you'd want to be treated," perhaps tone done the jokes, eh, folks? Even if you'd want others laughing at your expense if it were you, others - or their families - may not share that type of humor.

Just as - if not more - importantly: This is not the place to hate on JB and call him names - nor the place for politics. While I have nothing against Bush, I don't even believe Bush would condone "henchmen" carrying out those vicious verbal assaults. I do believe in karma, though. If, perhaps, your life is in danger one day, perhaps someone will spout acserbic vitriol at you. "You live by the sword - you die by the sword."

1333 days ago
68.

Lee    

And you just know he's gonna write a song about this!
Hang in there Jimmy, we love ya ~~

1333 days ago
69.

Judie    

Love you Jimmy...get well soon!!!

1333 days ago
70.

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

http://picasaweb.google.com/lpcyusa
(The Do***entary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

https://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/irrefutable-proof-icty-is-corrupt-court-irrefutable-proof-the-hague-court-cannot-legitimately-prosecute-karadzic-case

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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1333 days ago
71.

Elaine Disney     

Jimmy We all love you in Pasadena,Md and we well keep you in our prays.We will also be praying that maybe when your doing better you could proform up here at baltimore,
md.
God bless Dizzy

1333 days ago
72.

Karina Wright    

During tech week, light designers NEED to be required sit in representative seats throughout the house so they don't blind the audience by "cool effects" and to spend an entire tech rehearsal on stage to make sure their lighting isn't dangerous to the actors/performers. But they aren't/don't.

It takes a LOT of experience to create a light plot that is both effective and safe. yes, experienced performers learn to pretend to see the audience even if they actually can't. But, for a light design to create a situation like this that could have been prevented by someone doing a cue to cue onstage from the performer's perspective is outrageous.

1332 days ago
73.

John    

Now that Jimmy has been discharged and is apparently Ok other than some bruises and cuts to his head those of us who love him for his music (and books) can take a big sigh of relief.
So in the spirit of lightening up a bit, I wonder if he will add "Blinded by the Light" to his set list.

1332 days ago
74.

Mary     

I hope he's ok. I know it's funny to think he was drinking but that kind of fall is serious!

1331 days ago
75.

Jill Starr    

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS: WHEREBY MLADIC & KARADZIC TREATED ME WITH WEST MILFORD DETECTIVES HARRY SHORTWAY & PETER VAN GILST
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
12:07 PM 9/19/2009

https://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/nj-detective-harry-shrotway-junior-dares-making-a-run-for-political-offices-in-vernon-nj

It is an extremely important legal case I am submitting to the Hague Court in the
Netherlands as an individual complainant from here in the United States of America. I hope it will set an international precedent even in America people are abused by their own public elected government officials.

I am fully convinced now, that after a decade of asking the American legal governmental authorities (local, state and federal levels) to arrest and try, Detective Harry Shortway, and his corrupt law enforcement associte, Sgt. Laughlin, in a court of law in America for attempting to murder me; moreover physically and emotionally torturing me and my family in 1990/1991,

it is clear,

the United States of America is either unwilling OR incapable of taking the bold moral measures to arrest Harry Shortway and his associates; ensurng he receives a fair trial here in America. Similarly to American diplomats such as, Hillary Clinton, ironally accusing Serbia of not submitting General Mladic to the Hague ICTY, for trial.


I AM OFFERING A FINANCIAL REWARD FOR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION LEADING TO CAPTURE AND ARREST OF DETECTIVE HARRY SHORTWAY (FORMER WEST MILFORD NEW JERSEY DETECTIVE, HIS SGT. LAUGHLIN ASSOCIATES AS WELL AS OTHER OF HIS CLOSE ASSOCIATES).

1) SGT. LAUGHLIN (IS A TALL RED HAIRED MAN OVER 6 FEET IN HEIGHT AND SLIM BUILD- HE IS NOT VERY INTELLIGENT).

SGT. LAUGHLIN WAS LAST SEEN BY ME IN BACK OF RYAN MACHINE COMPANY IN THE DRIVEWAY OF THE HOUSE I FORMERLY RENTED WITH MY EX-HUSBAND AND MY FAMILY, OFF MACOPIN ROAD IN WEST MILFORD NEW JERSEY YANKING ME BY MY LONG HAIR AND BANGING MY HEAD AGAINST HIS POLICE CAR WHILE HIS ROCKIE PARTNER COP WATCHED.

THEN HE SHOVED ME INTO HIS POLICE CAR, AND, HANDCUFFING ME, HE CONTINUED TIGHTENING THE HANDCUFFS AROUND MY WRISTS, UNTIL THEY BEGAN BLEEDING IN PAIN.

WHILE I CRIED OUT IN AGONY AND TEARS FOR HIM TO STOP, SGT LAUGHLIN SAID NOTING; HE CONTINUED LAUGHING AT ME WHILE LOOKING AT ME CRYING IN THE BACKSEAT OF HIS POLICE CAR. HE PROCEEDED DRIVING ME TO UP TO THE WEST MILFORD POLICE STATION WHERE DETECTIVE HARRY J SHORTWAY (JUNIOR), WAS WAITING.

I AM OFFERING A FINANCIAL REWARD FOR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION LEADING TO CAPTURE AND ARREST OF DETECTIVE HARRY SHORTWAY (FORMER WEST MILFORD NEW JERSEY DETECTIVE), PETER VAN GILST (DETECTIVE HARRY SHORTWAY'S PARTNER IN SO-CALLED "LAW ENFORCEMENT" AND/OR CRIMINAL TORTURE/ABUSE OF WOMEN), AS WELL AS SGT. LAUGHLIN.

1) SGT. LAUGHLIN (IS A TALL RED WAVY HAIRED MAN OVER 6 FEET IN HEIGHT AND SLIM BUILD- HE IS NOT VERY INTELLIGENT).


THIS FINANCIAL REWARD IS CONTINGENT UPON ANY FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT I MAY RECEIVE IN THE FUTURE FROM THE THREE GRADUATE SCHOOLS IN NJ AND ALSO NYC WHICH FORMERLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ME ON ACCOUNT THAT I WAS A PERMANENT DISABLED STUDENT IN THE MOST VILE MANNER, ALL WHILE HILLARY CLINTON WHILE ACTING SENATOR OF NEW YORK STATE IGNORED MY MESSAGES ABOUT IT AND CALLS TO HER CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS. .

Neither Mladic nor Karadzic touched me in any manner maliciously UNLIKE the
American NJ "detectives" in West Milford who banged my head against a police car over about 5-10 times and laughed at me while they handcuffed me so tight my wrists bled in the squad car. They were serving me with the ’restraining order’ my ex husband filed against me to gain custody of my two children in early 1990/91.

In the early 1990s, I had paid large sums of money to try retaining an attorney in New Jersey to sue the West Milford detectives (Sgt. Laughlin) the tall red haired police officer over 6 feet tall was the one who banged my head against his cop car in my driveway while a rookie cop watched!

No attorney took my case saying I was up against too powerful organizations. I even
went to Fort Dix NJ and told the head of the "internal affairs investigation department" at Fort Dix, he merely ignored me.

Inversely, the alleged most ruthless men, and, so-called "war criminals" in the world since Hitler TREATED ME WITH THE MOST EXTRA-ORDINARY HUMAN DIGNITY AND RESPECT ACTING LIKE GENTLEMAN AT ALL TIMES!!!!!! I await everyone’s comment at the ICTY.

The crime of "attempted genocide" committed against, by Harry Shortway, was nationally and racially based I was told later since many of the police in
West Milford belong to the KKK connected group called THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE

(I was married to a black man and my family is Jewish in decent) My Great Grandfather was a Rabbi in old Russia. Now, I became a Russian Orthodox Christian Convert.

I traced the National Alliance Nazi Group in Uppeer Greenwood Lake NJ in West Milford Township, to the Southern United States. Reading their 'Nazi manifesto' to kill all ”Jews, Russians and Blacks,” I grabbed it as it hung in a federal US post office (The Hewitt NJ Post OFfice).

I originally reported this to Detective Shortway in his "detective office" where I initially reported it to him, he smiles merely saying "oh those guys are my friends, I'll have a talk with them about the Nazi posters."


Their signs used to be explicitly posted in the Hewitt West Milford Post Office
So I grabbed one and called their group in the Souther USA discovering their true genocidal agenda.

I am a war crimes investigator, I testify that right in America, only 30 minutes from the United Nations Security Council (NYC), in West Milford NJ we have genocide occurring and no one listens to me!

The detectives involved were not limited to: Sgt. Laughlin, Detective Harry Shortway and his close partner Peter Van Gilst as well as former internal affairs investigator Mr. Sorchinsky aka ZORO (West Milford and now retired).

The National Alliance manifesto clearly indicates that persons ought use their powerful positions all over New Jersey, whether they be police, doctors and/or judges to rid the world of Russians,. Jews and Blacks.

When I called the National Alliance telephone number, the manifesto CLEARLY STATED ON THEIR ANSWERING MACHINE hooked into a MI,LA and other southern state exchange, that "One ought to use their position of power in the state of NJ whether it be police officer, judge or mayor to eradicate the world of Jews, Russians and Blacks!" Jill Starr (LPC)

One of the many reasons for which I am on permanent disability is that I felt coerced by the police in Passaic County that unless I said I was ”insane” I may be shot and killed by them because I’d be able to testify against them on these accounts in the future.

Detective Shortway set me up to be murdered once already by placing an ad in the local paper saying he was leaving on vacation etc.etc... it is too complicated to go into here and now. I was looking for a new place to rent with my family at the time. On a voice changing machine (as my children can attest to) he gave me directions to a house to look at towards the end of all this ordeal with him. Later I found out the directions where I told my family I was going to look at the rental were over 20 miles in another direction and no one wold have ever found me again.

This is my take on this and I am usually correct. Sorry for my spelling but this is
extremely difficult for me to remember (agonizingly painful emotionally)

I am scared to death now not of anything emanating from my writing about Mladic, but
of my present close proximity where I reside nearby to West Milford and its associated Detectives. I never feared being hurt because I am writing a book based on my experiences in Serbia and Montenegro. Yes I am fearful of retaliation of SHORTWAY AND HIS CRONIES !

**** END NOTES
Harry Shortway originally became angry with me because my ex husband threatened to turn him and his associates into internal affairs Mr. Sorchinski (alias Zoro in the West Milford Police Force of Internal Affairs up there then) for dealing cocaine in the Highcrest Lake area of West Milford.

Thereafter, the West Milford Police all of a sudden decided they would try me on about 10 traffic tickets. I was homeless then because they threw me out of my home, gave custody rights of my two children and assisted my ex husband in throwing ALL my property and clothing in the local garbage; even though the Paterson Domestic Violence Courts at that time gave me a court order to have the West Milford Police assist me and help me get my property out of the house I had lived in at Highcrest saftly. In any event, they (West Milford Courts) forced to come to the municipal building for the case.

My ex husband new about the cocaine dealing in conjunction with the West Milford Police department because he was living a Treetop Apartments during the time my family moved there when I met my ex husband back, and, when I attended Walter T Bergen School in Bloomingdale NJ as a young 13 year old girl. My husband was into drugs and bought cocaine from Shanahan a former West Milford Police Officer involved and thrown off the police force for cocaine dealing at Treetop Apartments.

My ex husband, ANdre Chapman told me he threatened Harry Shortway because he was jealous I thought he was ”cute” and Andre Chapman told me that Harry Shortway was involved in dealing drugs to my ex husband and his friends back at Treetop during those days when I was a young girl.

The West Milford Prosecutor also used a court protected do***ent i.e., my Passaic County Diagnostic Exam in the traffic violations case against me which he later dropped at once when I pointed out it made him in ”Contempt of Cort’ in the case for handling it and even for looking at that do***ent which was only allowed for viewing by either myself or my attorneys in my custody case.
May 12, 2009 11:32 AM
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Kridel Lawfirm (Clifton, New Jersey) Bribes Andre Chapman (JIll's Ex-Husband) & Brant Snell for False Statements Against Her
Posted 3/2/2009 12:05 PM EST

I ask the New Jersey attorney general to disbar:
Kridel Law Group in Clifton, New Jersey
Contact Information
Phone: 973-470-0800
Fax: 973-472-1909

I originally requested the lawfirm be disbarred from practicing law in the state of New Jersey back when I was attending William Paterson College in New Jersey prior to 1997.

It is public information any national news media group in America can prove beyond any doubt, by merely asking for it at the local Pompton Lakes New Jersey Court Clerk:

1) James A. Kridel Esq., his lawfirm, the West Milford Prosecutor (at that time between 1991-1997), my former landlord from whom I rented an apartment from, Brant Snell, his brother (joint owner of Snell’s property in Bloomingdale NJ, along with Harry Shortway and the West Milford Police Force, committed bribery, conspired to commit extortion with malicious intent against me, and also committed physical acts of terroristic threats against me at the Snell’s residence I rented.

This occurred when the West Milford police responded to a phone call emanating from Brant Snell and arrived outside my apartment. I had also called them simultaneously because Brant Snell and his brother were threatening me all day attempting to get me to leave my apartment; neither men filed legal eviction proceedings against me.

Sgt, Laughlin and co-conspiritors arrived on the scene proceding to cut my phone line at the Snell’s, then proceeding to threaten me outside my apartment. The police on the scene included red haired Sgt. Laughlin formerly beating my head against his squad car in West Milford NJ when taking custody of my two children from me giving custody to my ex husband, Andre Chapman.

All men involved i nthis incident malicously intended endangering my life, reputation and well being; they sucessed. They also succeeded causing irreparable and permanant emotional harm forever to my two children now adults; my son currently having a son of his own.

Both men, my ex-husband Andre Chapman along with former landlord Brant Snell admitted their guilt openly in Pompton Lakes Court before the presiding judge then.

Andre Chapman, my ex husband admitted committing this vile crime against me and my two children to gain continunal custody rights over my two children at that time, and, Brant Snell for wanting to evict me from my apartment because I would not have sex with him when I was a student at that time when I rented from him. And, owing to my police report I filed stating the truth: that he illegally entered my upstairs apartment from his house attempting on numerous occasion to have sexual relations with me and abuse me against my will through intimidation. Brant Snell also refused to allow me to lock my upstairs apartment and entered at his own will for several nights.

Harry Shortway told me he strongly suspected Brant Snell and his friend from Vernon NJ having to do with the Vernon New Jersey rapist/murders that occured at, Waywayanda State Park in West Milford NJ. Harry Shortway asked me to see what evidence I could get to him against Snell from my apartment leading up to his attic.
I did and it was very suspicous. Snell kept old newspaper clippings of the rapes and murders etc.. Shortway never arrested either man. SNell’s friend even told me he was up at the Waywaynda Park harrassing women at that time.

The judge fined my ex husband, warning both men and Kridel himself.

The NJ State Attorney General then, completely ignored my complaints afterwhich. I drove to Fort Dix Military Base complaining to the internal affairs officer who told me that Harry Shortway was affiliated with too powerful an organization for him to do anyting to help me.

The Kridel lawfirm was allowed to continue practicing their so-called “law” in the state of NJ.

More to Come on them but I was slandered forever and my reputation ruined because my ex husband had told Kridel lawfirm that “My Wife Jill Starr has a gun and she will use it.”

I never did and it was a lie!

And they wanted to either kill me and/or prove I was too unstable mentally to stand before the Int’l Criminal Court for Serbia (?)

Obviously YES!

And, I often admit wondering in the post 1999 Kosovo environment when and if:
Bill Clinton will send NATO to the west Milford and/or Bloomingdale NJ Municipal Buildings for committing egregious violations of human rights and genocide against Jews, blacks and Russians in the State of NJ and in Passaic County in general.

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