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Liza Minnelli falls off stage in Sweden

Bryan Ochalla | December 18, 2007

Liza Minnelli
STOCKHOLM — Liza Minnelli collapsed on stage a few songs into a Christmas show in Sweden last Wednesday, according to various reports.

The 61-year-old entertainer apparently fell off the side of the stage during the performance, though she was caught by a technician and wasn�t thought to be injured.

"It was a terrible situation," local promoter Michael Silfverskiold told Reuters following the incident. "She fell off the side of the stage. The production manager caught her."

Minnelli, who won an Academy Award for her role in Cabaret in 1972, was taken to a local hospital, though she was discharged Thursday morning and then flown back to the United States.

"They decided together with her management that it's best for Liza to go to the U.S. right away," Zlakto Nedanovski, a spokesman for the concert's organizers, told Associated Press.

That information has since been confirmed by Minnelli's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, who released a statement saying the artist "had complained of dizziness" before the show and "became very ill after the show began".

"As a result, she was unable to finish her performance and was rushed back to her hotel by her manager," Rosenberg said.

According to the spokeswoman, a doctor examined Minnelli "and in consultation with her New York physician, determined that it would be necessary for the Oscar winning actress and singer to immediately return to New York City to receive further medical evaluation". – Gay Link Content

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