Social media posts flooded various platforms shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night as posters reported seeing the rock legend Meat Loaf collapse on stage in Edmonton.
The 68-year-old American rock musician, whose real name is Michael Lee Aday, was performing at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Edmonton Fire and Rescue confirmed crews did respond to a call at the concert venue Thursday night but could not provide further details and said Alberta Health Services took the lead on the call once they arrived.
AHS confirmed they took a patient from the Jubilee to a hospital in Edmonton Thursday night and said the patient had “a fainting episode.”
The singer had cancelled performances in Moose Jaw, Sask., and Calgary earlier this week, citing ill health.
One concert goer’s video appears to show the musician crouching down before dropping his microphone stand and falling to the ground.
Watch below: Raw video taken by a concert goer at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on June 16, 2016, appears to show the moment when rock singer Meat Loaf reportedly collapses on stage. (COURTESY: Jim Thibaudeau)
Jim Thibaudeau was in the front row for the concert when he said Meat Loaf collapsed on stage.
“Meat Loaf was having a great concert up to that point,” he said. It looked like he just got tired.”
Thibaudeau said first responders and even people in the audience crowded the stage to try and help the performer.
According to Meat Loaf’s website, he is scheduled to perform Saturday in Cold Lake, Alta., then in Lethbridge, Alta., next Tuesday; Penticton , B.C on June 23; Victoria on June 25 and in Abbotsford, B.C., on June 28.
He has collapsed on stage before. In 2011, medics rushed to his aid during a concert in Pittsburgh but he got up and finished the show. In 2013, he collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital.
Meat Loaf has said he suffers from asthma and from a medical condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.
With files from Phil Heidenreich and Julia Wong, Global News