Published January 27, 2011
Parrotheads had good reason to be upset this week.
Beloved "Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffett was released from an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after he took a horrifying fall off the stage during a concert in Sydney.
"Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well," reads a statement on margaritaville.com, though a concert planned for Saturday in New Zealand has been canceled.
In video footage, the 64 year-old singer is seen stepping off the front of the stage at Hordern Pavilion and falling to the concrete floor.
Dr. Gordian Fulde, head of the emergency department at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, said Buffett "really took a very nasty tumble."
"He just didn't see the drop in front of the stage," Fulde, who was at the concert, told Australia's Seven Network.
"I heard the crack and I thought this guy has broken his neck. He had a head injury and he lost consciousness ... [but] scans show that he's OK," Fulde added.
Whew -- sounds like it was a close call. Buffett had just finished singing the line, "It's been a lovely cruise, I'm sorry it's ended," when he fell off the stage and was rushed to a hospital.
Audience member Dan Bateman, 30, told The Daily Telegraph that Buffett fell face first off the stage.
"We were in the 10th row and it looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn't get up,'' Bateman said. "Everyone was pretty horrified.''
Buffett is the latest celebrity to have a frightening, disturbing or just plain embarrassing on-stage moment circulate through the media.
From Buffett's fall to Ashlee Simpson's lip-syncing disaster to Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," let us know: Who had the most awful onstage moment?