Ornette Coleman Hospitalized After Bonnaroo Collapse
June 17, 2007, 9:30 PM CT
Jazz legend Ornette Coleman collapsed from heat stroke on stage during a performance today (June 17) at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., and is now in a local hospital under doctor's supervision.
After collapsing, the 77-year-old saxophonist was rushed to a nearby medical tent and given intravenous fluids, according to a Bonnaroo spokesperson. Coleman was said to be lucid and insistent that he had no prior symptoms before the incident.
The artist is now resting at the local Coffey County Hospital. His next scheduled concert is July 6 in Kongsberg, Norway.
The jazz composer, saxophonist, trumpeter and violinist Ornette Coleman, 77, collapsed during his Bonnaroo set. He was playing one of his tenderly quizzical ballad lines on alto saxophone when he toppled suddenly to the stage. A few minutes later, he was helped to his feet, sipped some water and was walked off the stage. Suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration, he was given fluids, taken to a local hospital and released a few hours later.