Al Jourgensen Hospitalized in Paris: Ministry Singer Unable to Finish Show
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was hospitalized last night in Paris after playing an abbreviated 50-minute set at the Batacian, Blabbermouth.net reports. The industrial metal legend appeared “rather intoxicated,” according to RadioMetal.com, and in light of Jourgensen’s health woes, the band has cancelled today’s appearance at the Rock En Stock Festival in Etaples, France.
Jourgensen has made no secret of his medical issues, and while he’s apparently beaten his longstanding drug addiction, he told Revolver earlier this year that he still puts back a couple bottles of wine a day.
What’s more, he claims to have suffered from ulcers throughout his digestive track, and in 2010, he told Metal Hammer last year, a seizure caused him to lose 65 percent of the blood in his body.
“I was dead,” he told the magazine. “I couldn’t hold down food and I just didn’t know what was wrong. I spent a week in ICU where they gave me a 100% blood transfusion.”
Still, he seemed recently to be doing better, and after spending “most of 2011 in doctor’s offices,” he reformed Ministry and released the album Relapse in March.
“I’m a vegetarian again, I have a personal trainer, I do 20 miles on my bike every day, I eat right, I’m the healthiest I’ve been in over 20 years,” he said.
Here’s hoping he gets back on that bike soon.
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