Injured Richards leaves hospital

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been discharged from a New Zealand hospital where he was monitored following a head injury he received reportedly falling out of a palm tree, it emerged today.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been discharged from a New Zealand hospital where he was monitored following a head injury he received reportedly falling out of a palm tree, it emerged today.

Richards, 62, suffered a mild concussion last week while staying at the exclusive hideaway Wakaya Club resort in Fiji last Thursday. He was treated in a Fiji hospital before being airlifted to Auckland’s Ascot Hospital for observation.

“I can categorically confirm Mr Richards … is no longer a patient in this hospital,” duty manager Geoff Sparks said. “He has been discharged.

It was not immediately clear exactly when Richards was released or where he went after release.

Mystery still surrounds exactly how Richards hurt his head. A Rolling Stones spokeswoman has said only that he suffered a concussion.

However, he is widely reported to have fallen out of a coconut tree while on holiday at Wakaya, a resort hideaway occupying an entire Fijian island, where the most expensive accommodation is a €6,100-a-night villa complete with clifftop pool overlooking the south Pacific, floodlit tennis court, and a staff of six including a personal chef.

It remained unclear whether Richards’ injury would have any effect on the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang world tour, due to resume in late May at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, followed by 34 more dates across Europe.

The resort’s manager refused to talk about what Richards did at the island, where he flew with his wife Patti after playing two concerts in New Zealand over Easter.

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