Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen Hospitalized After Paris, France Show
Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen was rushed to the hospital last night, July 28th, following a troubled performance in Paris, FRA. The set apparently saw Jourgensen struggle throughout the duration of the show, eventually collapsing. Fan-filmed footage of the final song of the night can be found below along with bands official statement on the matter.
Meanwhile, reports of similar questionable behavior began to circulate a few weeks back after Jourgensen showed apparent signs of trouble at a number of recent stops. Various shows saw Jourgensen take a tumble off the stage—however, they appeared to be happening with such frequency that it seemed to be a part of the act.
“July 27, 2012 PARIS 9:05 pm Ministry Front man Al Jourgensen collapsed on-stage during the live Ministry performance and was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he was examined by numerous physicians and 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.
Doctors confirm via blood tests conducted that Jourgensen‘s alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system. As a result, Ministry has cancelled today’s appearance at the L’Etaples France Rock en Stock Festival in order to allow Mr. Jourgensen a few days rest to recuperate and receive additional medical attention in Switzerland. Jourgensen fully intends to complete the remaining shows on the Ministry DeFiBriLlaTouR European leg.
Jourgensen extends his most sincere apologies to his devoted Parisian fans who displayed so much love, respect and concern for him before and after the Ministry show. Says Jourgensen: ‘I will make it up to you, somehow. I love Paris, I love the Parisian people. I’m so sorry …but, shit happens and the shit hit the fan for me last night.’”