Keith Richards in hospital after 'fall from palm tree'

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is in hospital with concussion after a fall out of a palm tree while on holiday in Fiji, reports said today.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is in hospital with concussion after a fall out of a palm tree while on holiday in Fiji, reports said today.

The star was flown to hospital in New Zealand as a precaution, a spokeswoman for the band said in a brief statement.

Reports in Australia and New Zealand said Richards hurt his head when he fell out of the tree at an exclusive Fiji resort.

“Earlier this week Rolling Stone Keith Richards suffered a mild concussion while on holiday in Fiji,” the statement said.

“Following treatment locally and as a precautionary measure he flew to a hospital accompanied by his wife Patti for observation.”

No further details on the 62-year-old rocker’s condition were immediately available.

Newspapers in the Fairfax media group reported in their Sunday editions that Richards was flown to the Ascot Hospital in the northern New Zealand city of Auckland on Thursday after the accident.

Steve Kirby, duty manager at the Ascot Hospital, refused to confirm Richards was a patient there, citing the hospital’s privacy policy.

The Fijilive.com news Web site said the accident was believed to have happened at Fiji’s exclusive Wakaya Club resort.

Salesi Finau, of the resort, told The Associated Press that Richards and his wife recently stayed at the resort for about a week, but would not say when they left.

Finau also refused to comment on the reports Richards had an accident.

“I am sorry, I do not have any comment on that,” he said.

The Rolling Stones played a concert in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 18 as part of their “A Bigger Bang” world tour.

According to the band’s website, the Stones’ next scheduled concert is at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, followed by 34 more dates across Europe.

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