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The Word Alive Singer Telle Smith Broke Two Vertabrae & More In Ill-Fated Stage Dive


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The Word Alive singer Telle Smith recently broke his back and fractured his rib during a stage dive in Pomona, CA. As the band tell it, the injury was caused when Smith landed poorly on the elbow of one of the audience members. Smith has since revealed the full diagnosis of the injuries he sustained in the accident:

True to his word, he soldiered on and closed out the band’s latest tour last night, despite the no doubt immense amount of pain he was in. He further commented on the ordeal via his Instagram:

“I had heard stories of injuries from stage diving, but you never think it will happen to you until it does. I have a broken rib, a fractured rib and broke transverse process which is one of the protruding bones near the bottom of my spine.

Honestly the pain is pretty bad but knowing I could have hurt someone else like this sort of numbs that from a psychological standpoint. I think in the future I will just stick to going hard ON stage not off it.

So long as my CT scan shows no further damage today, I will be playing the remaining shows. No, I don’t have a death wish but the reality is I want my band and crew to come home with as much money for the holidays for their continuous hard work and if I can perform, I have always vowed I would.

Luckily we don’t have any shows scheduled until February where I can hopefully be at or near 100% I am thankful I can and will be able to walk, which is something I never thought about deeply until now. This whole thing has put so much into perspective and I’m just thankful I will be healthy again in a few months! It could always be worse!”

I had heard stories of injuries from stage diving, but you never think it will happen to you until it does. I have a broken rib, a fractured rib and broke transverse process which is one of the protruding bones near the bottom of my spine. Honestly the pain is pretty bad but knowing I could have hurt someone else like this sort of numbs that from a psychological standpoint. I think in the future I will just stick to going hard ON stage not off it. So long as my CT scan shows no further damage today, I will be playing the remaining shows. No, I don't have a death wish but the reality is I want my band and crew to come home with as much money for the holidays for their continuous hard work and if I can perform, I have always vowed I would. Luckily we don't have any shows scheduled until February where I can hopefully be at or near 100% I am thankful I can and will be able to walk, which is something I never thought about deeply until now. This whole thing has put so much into perspective and I'm just thankful I will be healthy again in a few months! It could always be worse! ????

A photo posted by Telle Smith (@telletwa) on

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