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Old 09-09-2002, 02:02 PM   #1
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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/020909/5/ou6c.html

Here is another link from Yahoo Canada... as the story says he is sedated at the moment and still in ICU. The US dates have been put on hold for the moment.

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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/020909/5/ou6c.html

Here is another link from Yahoo Canada... as the story says he is sedated at the moment and still in ICU. The US dates have been put on hold for the moment.

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Old 09-09-2002, 03:46 PM   #3
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Well I am beginning to wonder the same thing myself actually. I have seen this scenario played too many times with other celebrities. Doctor's give the usual spiel about a fast recovery when nothing could be further than the truth.

I think we will eventually find out what is going on.... maybe the family just needs time to grasp and deal with what they have been told.

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Old 09-09-2002, 03:46 PM   #4
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Well I am beginning to wonder the same thing myself actually. I have seen this scenario played too many times with other celebrities. Doctor's give the usual spiel about a fast recovery when nothing could be further than the truth.

I think we will eventually find out what is going on.... maybe the family just needs time to grasp and deal with what they have been told.

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Old 09-09-2002, 04:48 PM   #5
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http://www.pulse24.com/Showbiz/Top_S...9-003/page.asp

Here is another link with further info... as you will read he suffered a rupture of a blood vessel in his stomach and doctors say he got to them in time.

Doctor's now admit if it wasn't for Gord being in excellent health this attack he suffered would have killed him otherwise.

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http://www.pulse24.com/Showbiz/Top_S...9-003/page.asp

Here is another link with further info... as you will read he suffered a rupture of a blood vessel in his stomach and doctors say he got to them in time.

Doctor's now admit if it wasn't for Gord being in excellent health this attack he suffered would have killed him otherwise.

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Old 09-09-2002, 05:12 PM   #7
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Here's another article from today's GLobe & Mail featuring a comment from Gordy's friend/promoter, Bernie Fiedler..otherwise, I cut & pasted it the whole thing below.

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Lightfoot undergoes stomach surgery

Friends hold vigil as illness forces singer
to cancel concerts in midst of sold-out tour

By DOUG SAUNDERS, JAMES RUSK AND JILL MAHONEY

Monday, September 9, 2002 Page A3

TORONTO, HAMILTON and EDMONTON -- Musicians and family members spent the weekend fearing for the life of Gordon Lightfoot, the man who crafted a lengthy string of instantly recognizable songs from pure Canadiana and helped establish this country's musical voice.

Mr. Lightfoot, 63, cancelled a concert in his hometown of Orillia, Ont., on Saturday night after he developed serious stomach pains. Doctors at the local hospital diagnosed a gastrointestinal ailment and rushed him by air ambulance to McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, where emergency stomach surgery was performed yesterday. He is currently conscious and in intensive care, doctors said.

Rick Haynes, a long-time friend and bassist in Mr. Lightfoot's band, said he and his friends had endured a "pretty long last 24 hours," but that they now expect Mr. Lightfoot to recover.

At his bedside was the group of musical sidemen who have performed with him almost continuously over the past 35 years, from his beginnings in the Yorkville folk-music foment of the mid-1960s through his commercial successes of the 1970s. After a dissolute and reclusive period, he gained a new following and experienced a creative renaissance during the 1990s.

He was in the midst of an artistically successful tour and about to record a new album when the illness struck. He was set to begin a sold-out tour of the Maritimes next week, which was to be followed by a performance at Toronto's Massey Hall, his favourite venue.

Doctors in Hamilton described him as having been in "very serious condition" when he arrived, although they said the family had asked that they not reveal the precise diagnosis or nature of the surgery. Last night his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

"Right now is a very difficult time for the whole family," Mr. Haynes said. "It's challenging. Everybody's been up all night. Gord's getting excellent care in there."

However, those close to Mr. Lightfoot said they feared for his life most of the weekend and it appeared for a while that he might not survive the illness.

Bernie Fiedler, Mr. Lightfoot's promoter, said he was consumed with worry yesterday. "I'm really in distress about this whole thing," he said in an interview. "You know, he's my best friend, so I mean, I'm very concerned here."

Mr. Fiedler said he spoke with Mr. Lightfoot's two youngest children, a boy and a girl who are under the age of 14, and that they seem to be handling the situation well. "They seem to be cool. . . . I mean, anybody in critical condition, there's a possibility of death. So you know, I think . . . they don't want to alarm the kids or anything like that. But it is fairly serious, I can tell you."

Mr. Lightfoot was born on Nov. 17, 1938, and has won 17 Juno Awards and has had five Grammy nominations for such songs as The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Ribbon of Darkness and Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

He became a household name during the 1970s, when a string of highly memorable hits coincided with the debut of Canadian-content broadcast policies, which required radio stations to play a large quota of domestic music.

Recently, his songs have been rerecorded with synthesized rhythms as dance-club hits and covered by dozens of other musicians.

The cancelled Orillia concert, the second of two dates, was to have been a benefit to raise money for the local hospital where Mr. Lightfoot was first taken. Audience members at his Friday night show said he appeared in excellent form, although there were possible signs that all was not well.

"He was in good spirits, he chatted with the audience and played some new songs," said Dan MacDonald of Mississauga. "But a couple of us noticed that he'd only played one encore, and he looked really tired and fatigued when he played it."

Mr. Haynes said the family is pleased with Mr. Lightfoot's progress. "The doctor has told us the next few days will see a lot of improvement. . . . He's definitely getting better. He's feeling much better. He's not in as much pain as he was yesterday."

The surgery was performed by Michael Marcaccio, director of surgery for Hamilton Health Sciences, who is a gastrointestinal specialist. There was internal bleeding before the surgery, he said.

Mr. Haynes said he does not believe further surgery will be needed. "We're looking at recovery now."

Friends pointed out that it has been 20 years since Mr. Lightfoot quit drinking and that he is in good shape today, exercising regularly at his ravine home in Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood, with cigarettes his only vice.

"Gord is in excellent physical condition," Mr. Haynes said. "He works out four days a week. He runs 10 miles a week. The doctor was surprised at his physical condition. His health is excellent. That is why the doctor is looking forward to a speedy recovery."



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Here's another article from today's GLobe & Mail featuring a comment from Gordy's friend/promoter, Bernie Fiedler..otherwise, I cut & pasted it the whole thing below.

************************************ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...al_temp/1/1/2/
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Lightfoot undergoes stomach surgery

Friends hold vigil as illness forces singer
to cancel concerts in midst of sold-out tour

By DOUG SAUNDERS, JAMES RUSK AND JILL MAHONEY

Monday, September 9, 2002 Page A3

TORONTO, HAMILTON and EDMONTON -- Musicians and family members spent the weekend fearing for the life of Gordon Lightfoot, the man who crafted a lengthy string of instantly recognizable songs from pure Canadiana and helped establish this country's musical voice.

Mr. Lightfoot, 63, cancelled a concert in his hometown of Orillia, Ont., on Saturday night after he developed serious stomach pains. Doctors at the local hospital diagnosed a gastrointestinal ailment and rushed him by air ambulance to McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, where emergency stomach surgery was performed yesterday. He is currently conscious and in intensive care, doctors said.

Rick Haynes, a long-time friend and bassist in Mr. Lightfoot's band, said he and his friends had endured a "pretty long last 24 hours," but that they now expect Mr. Lightfoot to recover.

At his bedside was the group of musical sidemen who have performed with him almost continuously over the past 35 years, from his beginnings in the Yorkville folk-music foment of the mid-1960s through his commercial successes of the 1970s. After a dissolute and reclusive period, he gained a new following and experienced a creative renaissance during the 1990s.

He was in the midst of an artistically successful tour and about to record a new album when the illness struck. He was set to begin a sold-out tour of the Maritimes next week, which was to be followed by a performance at Toronto's Massey Hall, his favourite venue.

Doctors in Hamilton described him as having been in "very serious condition" when he arrived, although they said the family had asked that they not reveal the precise diagnosis or nature of the surgery. Last night his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

"Right now is a very difficult time for the whole family," Mr. Haynes said. "It's challenging. Everybody's been up all night. Gord's getting excellent care in there."

However, those close to Mr. Lightfoot said they feared for his life most of the weekend and it appeared for a while that he might not survive the illness.

Bernie Fiedler, Mr. Lightfoot's promoter, said he was consumed with worry yesterday. "I'm really in distress about this whole thing," he said in an interview. "You know, he's my best friend, so I mean, I'm very concerned here."

Mr. Fiedler said he spoke with Mr. Lightfoot's two youngest children, a boy and a girl who are under the age of 14, and that they seem to be handling the situation well. "They seem to be cool. . . . I mean, anybody in critical condition, there's a possibility of death. So you know, I think . . . they don't want to alarm the kids or anything like that. But it is fairly serious, I can tell you."

Mr. Lightfoot was born on Nov. 17, 1938, and has won 17 Juno Awards and has had five Grammy nominations for such songs as The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Ribbon of Darkness and Canadian Railroad Trilogy.

He became a household name during the 1970s, when a string of highly memorable hits coincided with the debut of Canadian-content broadcast policies, which required radio stations to play a large quota of domestic music.

Recently, his songs have been rerecorded with synthesized rhythms as dance-club hits and covered by dozens of other musicians.

The cancelled Orillia concert, the second of two dates, was to have been a benefit to raise money for the local hospital where Mr. Lightfoot was first taken. Audience members at his Friday night show said he appeared in excellent form, although there were possible signs that all was not well.

"He was in good spirits, he chatted with the audience and played some new songs," said Dan MacDonald of Mississauga. "But a couple of us noticed that he'd only played one encore, and he looked really tired and fatigued when he played it."

Mr. Haynes said the family is pleased with Mr. Lightfoot's progress. "The doctor has told us the next few days will see a lot of improvement. . . . He's definitely getting better. He's feeling much better. He's not in as much pain as he was yesterday."

The surgery was performed by Michael Marcaccio, director of surgery for Hamilton Health Sciences, who is a gastrointestinal specialist. There was internal bleeding before the surgery, he said.

Mr. Haynes said he does not believe further surgery will be needed. "We're looking at recovery now."

Friends pointed out that it has been 20 years since Mr. Lightfoot quit drinking and that he is in good shape today, exercising regularly at his ravine home in Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood, with cigarettes his only vice.

"Gord is in excellent physical condition," Mr. Haynes said. "He works out four days a week. He runs 10 miles a week. The doctor was surprised at his physical condition. His health is excellent. That is why the doctor is looking forward to a speedy recovery."



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Old 09-09-2002, 08:17 PM   #9
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Hi Folks. I'm new here but I found this forum while surfing for news on Gord over the internet. Although I'm not currently living in Canada, you could say that I have a unique perspective in that I come from Orillia (Gord's hometown) and ALSO I worked at McMaster University Medical Centre (where he is currently recuperating) until recently.

From the accounts I have gleaned off the news websites, the surgeon who performed his operation (Dr.Marcaccio) is a skilled gastrointestinal surgeon. His specialty is working with Upper Gastro-Intestinal bleeding. I've read from this forum that Gord appeared tired the night before and that he was admitted with a "breathing tube" on arrival at McMaster Hospital.

This is consistent with massive internal hemorrhaging causing acute blood loss. He would have developed a very low blood pressure requiring large amounts of fluid and blood transfusion, and likely had to be intubated with a breathing tube to manage his pain with medication and keep him supported during a time of decreased consciousness owing to perfusion loss to the brain.

I don't need to get more graphic than that, as these details may already be enough to make some of you squeamish. The cause could be from several things - perhaps ulcers or the like, but unfortunately, this is also a scenario that goes with Gord's past battles with alcohol. Hopefully, he can make a fast and complete recovery from this illness, but it will likely leave him feeling weak for some time to come - particualarly if he lost a substantial amount of blood, which it sounds like he did.

I never knew Mr. Lightfoot personally, since he didn't visit my hometown much when I was growing up, but I did go to the same highschool that he attended, as well as knowing several members of his family. I've seen him in concert and known his songs by heart even long before I met him.

I consider him to be one of those people who impacted my life, even if I never really knew the man first-hand. My parents crossed paths with him on several occasions and followed his career from his early beginnings on Canadian television. To this day I can't look out over Georgian Bay without thinking of how the same sights I'm seeing inspired some of his best-known songs. I grew up mimicking his singing voice on some of his songs, "Early Morning Rain" being one of my favorites.

I'm only relating these details to fill in some of the gaps in what is known about his illness. I hope that Gord makes a full recovery and may continue on in a full and fruitful life and career. I'm counting on seeing him play Massey Hall in Toronto again in the future.

One last thing: the hospital he was taken to originally is called Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. I volunteered there as a student, had my tonsils taken out there during my teens and had my father pass away there in the ICU. Gord was playing a benefit concert to help them raise funds. It would be appreciated if any of the readers of this forum who feel compelled to make a gift to Gord to send a donation to the hospital in his name.

Thanks, and God Bless.
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Old 09-09-2002, 08:17 PM   #10
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Hi Folks. I'm new here but I found this forum while surfing for news on Gord over the internet. Although I'm not currently living in Canada, you could say that I have a unique perspective in that I come from Orillia (Gord's hometown) and ALSO I worked at McMaster University Medical Centre (where he is currently recuperating) until recently.

From the accounts I have gleaned off the news websites, the surgeon who performed his operation (Dr.Marcaccio) is a skilled gastrointestinal surgeon. His specialty is working with Upper Gastro-Intestinal bleeding. I've read from this forum that Gord appeared tired the night before and that he was admitted with a "breathing tube" on arrival at McMaster Hospital.

This is consistent with massive internal hemorrhaging causing acute blood loss. He would have developed a very low blood pressure requiring large amounts of fluid and blood transfusion, and likely had to be intubated with a breathing tube to manage his pain with medication and keep him supported during a time of decreased consciousness owing to perfusion loss to the brain.

I don't need to get more graphic than that, as these details may already be enough to make some of you squeamish. The cause could be from several things - perhaps ulcers or the like, but unfortunately, this is also a scenario that goes with Gord's past battles with alcohol. Hopefully, he can make a fast and complete recovery from this illness, but it will likely leave him feeling weak for some time to come - particualarly if he lost a substantial amount of blood, which it sounds like he did.

I never knew Mr. Lightfoot personally, since he didn't visit my hometown much when I was growing up, but I did go to the same highschool that he attended, as well as knowing several members of his family. I've seen him in concert and known his songs by heart even long before I met him.

I consider him to be one of those people who impacted my life, even if I never really knew the man first-hand. My parents crossed paths with him on several occasions and followed his career from his early beginnings on Canadian television. To this day I can't look out over Georgian Bay without thinking of how the same sights I'm seeing inspired some of his best-known songs. I grew up mimicking his singing voice on some of his songs, "Early Morning Rain" being one of my favorites.

I'm only relating these details to fill in some of the gaps in what is known about his illness. I hope that Gord makes a full recovery and may continue on in a full and fruitful life and career. I'm counting on seeing him play Massey Hall in Toronto again in the future.

One last thing: the hospital he was taken to originally is called Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. I volunteered there as a student, had my tonsils taken out there during my teens and had my father pass away there in the ICU. Gord was playing a benefit concert to help them raise funds. It would be appreciated if any of the readers of this forum who feel compelled to make a gift to Gord to send a donation to the hospital in his name.

Thanks, and God Bless.
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quote:Originally posted by Mariposa Belle:

One last thing: the hospital he was taken to originally is called Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. I volunteered there as a student, had my tonsils taken out there during my teens and had my father pass away there in the ICU. Gord was playing a benefit concert to help them raise funds. It would be appreciated if any of the readers of this forum who feel compelled to make a gift to Gord to send a donation to the hospital in his name.

Thanks, and God Bless.

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Consider it done....there was some talk amongst fans on this message board (& in a YAHOO group) of making donations to that hospital...We'd feel honored to do so.
Thankyou so much for your insightful post.



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quote:Originally posted by Mariposa Belle:

One last thing: the hospital he was taken to originally is called Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. I volunteered there as a student, had my tonsils taken out there during my teens and had my father pass away there in the ICU. Gord was playing a benefit concert to help them raise funds. It would be appreciated if any of the readers of this forum who feel compelled to make a gift to Gord to send a donation to the hospital in his name.

Thanks, and God Bless.

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Consider it done....there was some talk amongst fans on this message board (& in a YAHOO group) of making donations to that hospital...We'd feel honored to do so.
Thankyou so much for your insightful post.



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Old 09-09-2002, 10:01 PM   #13
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Hello to all...
I'm a Dundonian from Scotland...
Gordon lightfoot has been a constant companion of mine since the early 60's.
He has charted my lyfe in song from the moment i heard him sing..
I've sang his songs many many tymes..
Seen him in Glasgow in the 70's...I'll not go into that...
Saw him here in Victoria...a lot older ..voice a wee bit weaker...but by God..was he ever good....the same old loverman can still put it over...
God bless him and keep him safe to sing another day...
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Hello to all...
I'm a Dundonian from Scotland...
Gordon lightfoot has been a constant companion of mine since the early 60's.
He has charted my lyfe in song from the moment i heard him sing..
I've sang his songs many many tymes..
Seen him in Glasgow in the 70's...I'll not go into that...
Saw him here in Victoria...a lot older ..voice a wee bit weaker...but by God..was he ever good....the same old loverman can still put it over...
God bless him and keep him safe to sing another day...
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Hard to believe it's been a year since this all happened,isn't it? I mention it because I was going through some old tapes last night and found a recording I had made off of the radio,1 year ago this month. Local oldies station KOOL-FM,in the early A.M. after his operation,giving the good news that he was "out of the woods" as far as being in serious danger was concerned. I had called the D.J. (as had a few others) to find out any further devlopments. He read the update and was just as relieved as I know the rest of us were,when we knew he'd be O.K. Then he played,"IYCRMM". 1 of the 4 Gord songs they always play. Well,here's looking forward to Gordon Lightfoot's return! Cheers!

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