Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was rushed to hospital after collapsing at a concert in Paris on Saturday night. The industrial band cancelled a subsequent gig in Étaples, saying that Jourgensen is recovering from a "full-system collapse" caused by dehydration and heat exhaustion.
The band was reportedly about 50 minutes into their set at Le Bataclan when Jourgensen rushed from the stage, causing an abrupt end to the show. According to RadioMetal, Jourgensen seemed "really drunk" even from the start of the gig. After fainting, he was rushed by ambulance to hospital, where doctors undertook a full examination and blood tests.
Jourgensen was "diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue," the band said in a statement. Reps also denied fans' reports that Jourgensen was intoxicated. "Doctors confirm ... that [his] alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system," they wrote. The 53-year-old will now take "a few days rest to recuperate and receive additional medical attention in Switzerland". The tour is scheduled to resume in Luzerne, tomorrow night.
Touring since the 1980s, Jourgensen has frequently described battles with drug and alcohol abuse. With multiple ulcers, he suffered a major seizure in 2010, requiring a "100% blood transfusion", he told Metal Hammer. He has since claimed to have quit drugs, cigarettes and drinking. "I'm the healthiest I've been in over 20 years," he said.
Ministry's 12th studio album, their first in five years, was released in March.