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Jimmy Buffett's NZ concert cancelled after fall

Published: 10:37AM Thursday January 27, 2011 Source: ONE News/AAP

  • US singer Jimmy Buffett (Source: ONE News)
    US singer Jimmy Buffett - Source: ONE News

US singer Jimmy Buffett's New Zealand show has been cancelled following a major fall during a performance in Sydney last night.

Buffett had been scheduled to perform in Auckland this Saturday, but now needs time to recover from his injuries.

He spent the night in hospital in Australia and was discharged earlier today.

A statement released by Blackout Music Management said Jimmy "would like to thank all of his fans for their support, and wants them all to know that he will return."

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Earlier today, Buffett has left hospital and been ordered to rest after tumbling face first from the stage at the end of the concert.

He departed via a back entrance at St Vincent's Hospital to avoid media after doctors gave him the all-clear this morning, Ten News reported.

Medical staff described the singer as in good spirits and lucky to have recovered so quickly from the fall at Hordern Pavilion, it reported.

Witnesses attending his show described hearing a "crack" as Buffett's head hit the floor following an encore performance of his song Lovely Cruise.

"He really took a very nasty tumble," said St Vincent's Hospital surgeon Gordian Fulde.

"He just didn't see the drop in front of the stage ...

"I heard the crack and I thought this guy has broken his neck."

Fulde was at the concert and rushed to the aid of the 64-year-old entertainer.

"He had a head injury and he lost consciousness ... (but) scans show that he's OK," he told the Seven Network.

Buffett lay on the floor in front of the first row of seating waiting for paramedics and an ambulance to arrive, and he was rushed to hospital half an hour later.

The Margaritaville singer had performed on Sunday and Monday to sold out crowds at Sydney's Opera House, and the Australia Day gig was tacked on in response to demand.

"We've had an unfortunate incident but the show's over so if you could move along that would be very, very cool, thank you," the audience was told after the accident.

A message posted on Buffett's website said he was doing well.

"As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital," the statement said.

"The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!"

Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band had not performed in Australia for 20 years, The Daily Telegraph said, and loaded up the show with references to the country and the holiday, plus a promise to return in 2012.