Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Nine days after the deadly tornado that touched…
- Posted on May 18th 2010 10:00AM by John D. Luerssen
The Grammy-nominated smooth jazz pioneer was hospitalized with a gash in his chin that resulted in 14 stitches, a fractured jaw and two broken front teeth. He was discharged from the hospital early Sunday morning and was immediately seen by his dentist, who temporarily repaired his teeth.
"I'm lucky I wasn't killed. I just had a near death experience and am relatively unscathed," James said in a statement. "I'm euphoric."
Witnesses quickly pulled James from his car, which was totaled, following the impact because the striking vehicle had caught fire. Long Beach Fire and Rescue authorities responded to the scene of the accident.
James' performance scheduled for Friday, May 21, in Columbia, S.C. has been cancelled, with a gig in Sacramento next month up in the air until an orthodontist evaluation later this week. James also cautioned fans, "Please don't drink and drive."