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Kelly Clarkson & The Fray

Throw Down $$$ to

Help Injured Stagehand

8/8/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

See, celebrities DO care ... especially Kelly Clarkson and The Fray -- who went into their own pockets to help cover medical bills for a stagehand who suffered a stroke while working on their tour.

It all went down in Phoenix, AZ on August 1 ... while setting up for the "Stronger" / "Scars & Stories" tour ... a 57-year-old stagehand suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and was rushed to the hospital. We're told the man had been offered health insurance through his job, but didn't sign up for it.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... following the incident, a promoter for the concert series approached the music superstars to sign a "get well" card ... but Clarkson and The Fray took it one step further. 

We're told both headliners -- along with other people involved in the production -- grabbed all the cash they had on hand and donated it to help pay for the stagehand's hospital bills. By the time they were done -- they collected $2,200.

Even better ... a fund is now being set up for the family of the stroke victim -- who is still in the ICU.


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I am glad to see everyone pitch in, and that is cool that they did it, but $2200 is about 1 day in an ICU.. His condition will more likely result in a 50-100K bill minimum, maybe they can set up a fund or organize a fundraiser to bring in some more dough.. the flip side to this story is if you are offered insurance and you can afford it (we don't know if he could), then you better get it.. Sad story, hope the guy recovers fully..

809 days ago


Yeah celebrities do care...for publicity

809 days ago


Kelly Clarkson and the Frey must really be struggling financially because even OctoSlut begging for money collected more money than Kelly and the Frey together Pretty sad for so called celebrities.

809 days ago


wow... $2200 will pay for his care for about 8 hours in the illegal alien free healthcare system

809 days ago


He consciously chose not to pay for his own health care so that, when he needed medical help, others would pay for him? What does that sound like to you? (ANS: OHBONGOCARE!) This only gets to be a problem when there are not enough Kelly Clarksons and The Frays around. You might remember, Europe is fast running out of others who are willing to pay for someone else's health care

809 days ago

get a life ho    

The headline made it sound like they paid the guys whole medical bill , instead it's more like they grabbed the change they had in the ashtray on the tour jet/bus .,.,

A nice gesture but hardly newsworthy that 2 millionaires donated 2 grand .,.,.,maybe this is a big deal since many celebs are so cheap .,.,,

809 days ago


It's too bad there wasn't a mandate for him to get the health insurance that was offered to him so his family wouldn't have to worry about this.

809 days ago


I'm conflicted about this story. How much is actually withdrawn from his check for health insurance? A few dollars a month? NOBODY really can afford health insurance if you need every penny but it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Luckily for him he works in an industry where people have money to cover him but tmz put that little tidbit about him being offered to stir thought. Say what you want about ObamaCare...I'm tired of paying for other people who refuse insurance and we foot the bill when they take ill. My dad's 67 and works JUST for MediCare and insurance to take cover him and my mom. Lord forbid something happens to him, Medicare is not going to cover it and no rock star is coming to our aid...

It's life...everybody gets sick. Take care of the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.

809 days ago


Wow a whole $2,200 should pay for about 5 Tylenol! It's the thought that counts tho ;)

809 days ago


This guy was offered health insurance, and he turned it down? Is he insane? You don't EVER turn it down, it's like gold. **** happens, and it happens fast. You never know when you're going to need it.

809 days ago

LiLo's boy toy    

That's pretty cool but that hospital bill will be heck of a lot more than that. They have all that money and that's as good as they can do? I guess every little bit helps.

809 days ago


The company the stagehand works for offers medical, however, most stagehand jobs are part time. They are not necessarily guaranteed enough hours to help cover the cost of the insurance. Times are tough. Do you get medical insurance you might need? Or do you put a roof over your head and feed your family?

809 days ago

J S Bach    

I'm all for compassion and helping others in need. When I read the headline, I thought this was going to be a good story of a star, Kelly Clarkson coming to help someone in need. Then I read the story of how she and a group of people raised $2200.00 for a stroke victim, which is the equivalent of pocket change to her and WILL POSSIBLY cover the cost of gause and a few bandages ( and a bowl of corn flakes when he's able to eat breakfast ) in the ER AND ICU for the stroke victim. Maybe the fund raiser the family sets up will raise the 100k plus for the medical expenses and they won't lose their home

809 days ago

sschultz here is where to donate! Every little bit helps!

809 days ago

Horatio Swaggbottom    

$2200 how generous of her and her friends
Hope they gave the money to his family, because in America even Arizona they're not going to let you die just because, your a contract laborer probably barely getting by. My son does work like this it doesn't pay much, and events are far and few. It's temp work at best. Health Insurance is becoming something the middle class can barely afford. Stating he was offered insurance leaves me to think a Goober wrote the article.

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