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UPDATE: E! News has learned that Meat Loaf has been released from the hospital. His rep tells that he "extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery."


Among recent reports of poor health, the singer collapsed on stage while performing in concert Thursday night in Canada. 

Mid-way through his performance of his iconic hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium, the 68-year-old Grammy winner threw his microphone down and slowly collapsed until he was laying flat on the stage, as shown in videos on social media taken by fans. 

While it wasn't immediately clear whether the singer was just performing or in distress, members of his band and crew eventually rushed to his side. He was transferred to a nearby hospital to undergo testing. 

"I thought it was a joke, I didn't know what was going on because he was joking around throughout his set," a concert attendee told CBC News in Edmonton. 

An official statement from Meat Loaf's camp was later released Friday, stating that he suffered from "severe dehydration."

"His vital signs are stable and normal—he's responsive and recovering well," rep Jeremy Westby said in the statement. "He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery." 

The veteran performer has been touring through Canada since late May, though he had postponed two shows on June 11 and June 13 citing unspecified illness. 

This is not the first time the "Paradise by the Dashboard light" rocker has collapsed on stage. In 2003, he was diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, and underwent surgery after collapsing during a concert in London. Eight years later, Meat Loaf fainted during concerts in Pittsburgh and New Jersey in 2011, later telling fans he also suffered from asthma.

It was back in Canada in the late 1970s that Meat Loaf fell off the stage and broke his leg, having to finish the tour in a wheelchair. 

(Originally published on June 17, 2016 at 5:14 a.m. PT)

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