Ministry - Ministry Frontman Collapses On Stage From Dehydration
Rockers Ministry were forced to axe their gig in France on Saturday (28Jul12) after frontman Al Jourgensen collapsed on stage.
The band was performing at the Bataclan in Paris when singer Jourgensen fainted. The group pulled the plug on the show as the musician was taken to the hospital for an examination, and now the band's management team has revealed Jourgensen was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.
A statement reads, "(On Saturday) July 28, 2012 (in) Paris (France at) 9:05 p.m. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen collapsed onstage during the live Ministry performance and was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he was examined by numerous physicians and diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue.
"Doctors confirm via blood tests conducted that Jourgensen's alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system... Jourgensen extends his most sincere apologies to his devoted Parisian fans who displayed so much love, respect and concern for him before and after the Ministry show."
The rocker has previously battled drug problems.
The group has since been forced to cancel its Sunday night (29Jul12) appearance at the Rock En Stock festival in Etaples so the frontman can recuperate. He will also receive further medical treatment in Switzerland.
Jourgensen has battled severe health issues in the past - since 2010 he has undergone a blood transfusion, suffered a seizure, and underwent an operation for a burst intestinal ulcer.