Patti Smith Cancels Shows After Being Hospitalized

Patti Smith was forced to cancel planned concerts and appearances in Italy after becoming suddenly ill and being briefly hospitalized, Rolling Stone and Italian news outlet TGcom24 report. Impacted shows include a Tuesday night performance in Bologna, Italy, as well as upcoming appearances in Venice and Milan this week.

“With great regret, we inform the kind audience that the Patti Smith concert scheduled for today … will not be able to be staged due to a sudden illness that struck the artist,” the venue shared in an Instagram Story (translated by Rolling Stone from Italian).

The Local Health Authority of Bologna has since released a statement to the Los Angeles Times sharing that Smith was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday following “a short period of observation in emergency.” The statement added that Smith is “in good health conditions,” and included a photo of her standing and smiling surrounded by a medical team.

On Instagram, Smith shared a photo of herself with hospital staff and wrote:

This is
thanking all at the hospital
for their help and guidance.
I am so sorry that we had to
cancel concerts in Bologna
and Venice. I will return to
fulfill my happy obligations.
This is also to thank all the
medical teams globally, who
attend to the people’s needs,
especially those altruistically
serving under fire, all healers,
physicians, nurses, attendants.
Also I want to thank everyone
for sending messages of love
and concern. I am resting, as
the doctor ordered, grateful
to have had such care, though
being painfully aware that
many are not so fortunate.

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