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Toots Hibbert coming home for tests tomorrow

Published:Monday | May 27, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Melville Cooke, Gleaner Writer

The head injury Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, who performs as Toots and the Maytals, suffered just over a week ago is affecting him more severely than initially appeared.

Hibbert has cut an acoustic tour of the US short and will return to Jamaica tomorrow for tests.

The tour started in New York a day after he was struck by a large vodka bottle thrown at him by a patron, while performing at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, May 18.

It was slated to run until June 2.

Hibbert’s management team is saying that Toots & the Maytals', Toots Hibbert, is reluctantly canceling the balance of his US acoustic concert tour due to continuing medical issues stemming from the bottle throwing incident on Saturday, May 18.

The blow to his head necessitated his being rushed to a local hospital for initial evaluation and treatment.

They further say, since that time, Toots has sought additional medical treatment while trying to complete his tour given his medical condition.”

The Gleaner reported last week Monday that Hibbert had started the acoustic tour at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centre.

He was then reported to be handling the incident, saying "taking it in good stride – as best as one can handle such a thing".

A release from Hibbert's management expressed the entertainers disappointment, saying “Toots regrets having to disappoint any of his fans but this serious head injury requires he return home to attend to his medical issues.”

He also spoke of his appreciation for the support he has been receiving from fans.


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