Professor Green Hospitalised After Fracturing Neck During Seizure
Rapper Professor Green has been forced to call off his upcoming tour after fracturing his neck just before he was set to play his first show.
The 'Read All About It' chart topper suffered a fall as a result of a seizure, in what sounds like a seriously scary experience before his opening gig in Cardiff on Tuesday night.
Green, who says he also suffered another two seizures, announced he was therefore having to scrap his scheduled UK dates in a series of posts from his Instagram account.
The social media updates were accompanied by a picture of him looking in a bad way on a stretcher.
Across a series of three Instagram posts, he wrote: "I had [a] seizure this morning which resulted in a fall while I was packing for tour.
"Depending on how you look at this fall I was extremely lucky. I fractured vertebrae in my neck and subsequently had to cancel my tour that was due to start today.
"I'll be back in the winter with a bigger tour. I've had two further seizures and am lucky I didn't break my neck. Really fucking lucky. Thanks for bearing with me. Most importantly thank you to our NHS, heroes amongst men (and women)."
A statement from Professor Green's spokesperson said: "Due to a serious neck injury, Professor Green has been forced to cancel his February 2019 tour. Tickets for all dates are refundable. Refunds will be made available at the point of purchase."
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Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, shot to fame with 'I Need You Tonight', which reached number three in the UK charts in 2010.
He also reached the top five with 'Just Be Good To Green', on which he collaborated with Lily Allen.
Green's success may have dipped a little bit over recent years but the fact that he was due to play a UK tour gives an indication of his remaining popularity.
The musician said he was 'really fucking lucky' to have not completely broken his neck following his fall and he also paid tribute to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) for the treatment he has received.
Green, 35, had talked about his health over Christmas and was speaking specifically about how he missed his family during the festive period. He has also been open in the past about his battles with anxiety and depression.
He wrote in December: "It's Christmas Eve, my great grandmother passed on Dec 18th when I was 13 and I've hated Christmas ever since.
"I'm currently home alone with a stomach bug. If you're feeling lonely you ain't the only one, but it's only a couple of days so on the off chance they're hard for you too, take the opportunity to have a look into the sadness, let it up and out. If you're going through it, keep going, it's the only way to get through anything, otherwise you end up stuck in it.
"And don't worry about the silly faces I'm pulling, inside I'm smiling.
"Just wanted to make you lot laugh and think about what it all really is."
Get well soon, Pro.
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