Morrissey out of hospital after collapsing on stage in Swindon

Former Smiths frontman discharged following apparent breathing difficulties during performance

Singer Morrissey was discharged from hospital today after collapsing on stage on Saturday evening with apparent breathing difficulties.

The former Smiths frontman, 50, fell to the ground while performing his opening song, This Charming Man, at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Two band members carried him off stage and he was taken to Great Western Hospital at about 9pm. A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "Morrissey became unwell, and he was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure. He's been seen by the medical team, much improved and now discharged home."

The singer had opened his show with the words "Good evening … probably", before launching into the song. He appeared to be in discomfort and "straining" to perform the song, and, as it finished, sank to his knees, according to witnesses at the gig.

Adam Roche wrote on the Electro Candy website today that the singer was "coughing, and a couple of times clutched his shoulder and seemed to wince".

"Morrissey then dropped to his knees and two roadies rushed on stage," he added.

Jillian Moody, a fan who was at the concert, said the audience did not initially realise the seriousness of the situation and expected the singer to return to the stage. "I didn't think he looked particularly well but then again, he's well known as a reclusive character so I sort of thought that was just the way he was when he was on stage," she told the BBC.

Morrissey has rescheduled a series of concerts this year because of illness. He is due to play a string of European dates through the remainder of this month and November.


Alexandra Topping

The GuardianTramp

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