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- Posted on Jan 26th 2011 1:03PM by Brian Voerding
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Buffett was near the front of the stage at a sold-out show in Sydney, Australia, performing an encore of 'Lovely Cruise,' when he was temporarily blinded by an extended flash of light -- reportedly a production malfunction -- and tumbled into a large gap between audience members, striking his head on a piece of metal.
The 64-year-old singer was unconscious and bleeding for some time, and was taken to a local hospital a half hour later, according to several news reports.
Audience members have given conflicting stories of the event. One told Rolling Stone that Buffett inadvertently tripped and fell; another told the gossip site TMZ that Buffett had planned to leap off the stage and greet fans, but made a miscalculation. TMZ also has a video of the fall here.
The extent of Buffett's injuries is not known, though he is reportedly in stable condition and being held for observation. Buffett is in Australia for an extended tour, which most recently included a trio of sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House.
Jimmy Buffett Performs 'Margaritaville' in 2010