Like A Falling Stone

WELLINGTON, New Zealand _ The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has suffered a mild concussion while vacationing in Fiji and was flown to a hospital in New Zealand as a precaution, a spokeswoman for the band said in a brief statement Saturday.

Media reports in Australian and New Zealand said Richards hurt his head when he fell out of a palm 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 news Web site reported that 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 Web site, the Stones’ next scheduled concert is at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, followed by 34 more dates across Europe.

– Associated Press –