After playing in Toronto on July 20, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s drummer Malcolm Holmes collapsed back stage, causing the balance of the band’s tour to be cancelled.
It was only during a posting on the band’s website on Monday that the true extent of his illness became known. Holmes writes that he went into cardiac arrest, most likely because of the heat and his strenuous play. For the drummer, this is especially troubling as he suffered a major heart attack in 2004.
I have finally arrived home after I collapsed and my heart stopped due to a Cardiac Arrest at the recent OMD Toronto gig. I owe my life to quick thinking members of our crew & band and the Toronto Fire Dept Paramedics who performed CRP and Defibrillation to bring me back to life.
It has been a deeply traumatic time not only for me but the band, crew, management, family, friends and loved ones. I have been overwhelmed with the kind messages of love and support from so many people. I am deeply touched and cannot thank all of you enough.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped with my recovery and getting me back home safely …. Toronto Fire Dept Paramedics, Nurses & Dr’s in ICU & CCU at Toronto Eastern General Hospital, Dr Lashevsky and his team at Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto, escort Dr Mike Priestnall, Merv and all the OMD crew, the Band, Remi, Simon our tour manager and our awesome manager Mirelle Davis. Lastly … Sabine (my angel) who has held my hand constantly through the darkest of hours.
It’s good to be home. Thank you everyone.
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