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Meat Loaf Has Heart Surgery

Illness causes concert cancellations

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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