An elderly woman was placed in an induced coma after suffering critical injuries to her head and face.
An elderly Robbie Williams fan has been hospitalised in “critical condition” after suffering a serious fall at his show in Eora/Sydney last week.
Williams performed to a full house at Allianz Stadium last Thursday (November 16), where according to The Independent, the incident occurred shortly before 10:15pm (at which point paramedics were called to assist). It’s reported that a woman in her seventies fell down six rows of seats during the performance – she’d apparently been trying to climb over “several rows of seats” when she slipped – leading to injuries to her head and face.
In a statement shared with the press, a spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said paramedics were “called in to reports of a woman in her seventies who had fallen”, after which they “treated her on scene to injuries to her face and head and took her to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical condition”. A spokesperson for Venues NSW also clarified that in the time it took for paramedics to arrive, the injured woman was “attended to immediately by venue staff and a nearby guest who is a qualified medical professional”.
The latter spokesperson added: “Medics arrived shortly after and the patron was taken from the venue by ambulance to hospital. We are working with NSW Police and will provide further updates as they become available.”
The unnamed woman was reportedly placed in an induced coma, and was being treated by intensive care staff at St Vincent’s as of the weekend.
Robbie Williams is currently touring Australia in support of his 2022 album XXV, having thus far performed in Sydney and Meanjin/Brisbane. He’ll take to the stage in Naarm/Melbourne later this week – playing back-to-back shows at AAMI Park on Wednesday November 22 and Thursday 23 – before rolling through Djilang/Geelong, Kaurna/Adelaide (as part of this year’s Adelaide 500 program) and Boorloo/Perth.
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Reviewing last week’s Sydney show for TheMusic.com.au, David James Young wrote: “Williams makes the daunting task of performing to a packed stadium look like easy work, simultaneously playing to the back rows while making them feel like they're right up against the crowd barrier. He's the entertainer – and tonight, same as every night, he's entertained.”
Meanwhile, Williams is said to be finishing up work on his 13th and 14th studio albums, as well as his biopic Better Man (the majority of which was shot in Melbourne). Earlier this month, he released an eponymous documentary series on Netflix; it explores different periods of the singer’s life, including experiences with drugs and alcohol, his history of depression, and the frayed relationships he holds with his former Take That bandmates.
Shortly after the docuseries aired, Sophie Ellis-Bextor came out with a public apology for Williams, addressing comments she made in 1998 that wound up making it into the show.