American guitarist Al Di Meola suffered a heart attack on stage Wednesday night.
Reports indicate that shortly after the artist began his set at 9 PM he began to clutch his chest and was forced to walk off stage—a task he struggled to complete.
The show then ended early and Di Meola was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered that he had suffered a segment elevation myocardial infarction.
Al Di Meola shared this message with his followers and fans on Facebook following the incident. Meola is currently in stable condition.
The Associated Press explained:
According to the health care website Cleveland Clinic, a STEMI mainly affects the heart’s lower chambers and “tend(s) to be more severe and dangerous compared to other types of heart attack.”
Fans on Elon Musk’s X social media platform, formerly known as Twitter, sent well-wishes and prayers the artist’s way.
Let's all wish my Godfafher a speedy recover! He truly is a powerhouse of a musician like no other and never holds back from his Grande Passion! ❤️https://t.co/9NNyw5iHWB
— Binx (@Binx3ps) September 28, 2023
Al apparently is going to be just fine! 🙏One of the classiest and talented cats on the planet. #GodspeedAl 💪🎶
Al Di Meola suffers heart attack onstage while performing in Romania https://t.co/695uyqI5wi
— Joe Piscopo (@JrzyJoePiscopo) September 28, 2023
New York Daily News had more on Al Di Meola:
Di Meola has gained international recognition for specializing in jazz and world music over the past 50 years.
The Jersey City, N.J. native, who cites the Beatles and jazz guitarists Kenny Burrell and Tav Farlow as influences, was a member of the 1970s jazz-rock fusion group Return to Forever, which also featured Chick Corea, Lenny White and Stanley Clarke.