Meat Loaf Has Heart Surgery

Illness causes concert cancellations

December 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Meat Loaf underwent two hours of heart surgery on Friday after he collapsed on a London stage during a performance last week. The singer said he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a condition marked by an extra electrical pathway in the heart. He was released from Wellington Hospital in St. John's Wood the day after surgery.

"Many people are born with this condition and can live their whole lives without ever knowing it is there," Meat Loaf (a.k.a. Marvin Lee Aday) said in a statement. "Mine appeared to have been quiet until now. The prognosis is excellent as the procedure's success rate is over ninety-five percent."

The fifty-six-year-old singer collapsed last Monday at Wembley Arena and initial reports cited a viral infection as the cause. A second show at the venue scheduled for the following night was cancelled. Meat Loaf has been touring in support of his latest album, Couldn't Have Said It Better. His U.K. tour is currently scheduled to run through December 22nd, at which point he'll take a two-month break before heading to Australia for an eight-date run. In his statement, Meat Loaf said he's shooting to return to the stage by November 30th, when he's scheduled to play in Manchester.

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