British singer Chris Rea collapsed mid-performance during a live show in Oxford on Saturday night, but is now believed to be in a “stable” condition, according to a local ambulance spokesperson.
The 66-year-old, most famous for his song “Driving home for Christmas,” had been on stage at the New Theatre Oxford for 40-45 minutes before he fell backwards holding his guitar, Britain’s Press Association reported, quoting eyewitnesses.
“He just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no-one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump,” said concertgoer Darren Fewins, who was at the show with his wife.
“He was on his back for about two minutes before they brought the curtain down and then that was it.”
Rea, who rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2000. He also suffered a stroke last year, according to British broadcaster Sky News.
Rea is currently on tour and had been due to perform at Brighton on Sunday and Bournemouth on Tuesday.