Singer Peter Murphy Issues Statement Following Heart Attack

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English singer-songwriter-musician Peter Murphy, best known as the vocalist of the Goth band Bauhaus, has issued a statement indicating he’s made a “full recovery” from the heart attacked he suffered on August 13. Murphy’s post on his Facebook page noted the “rigors of intensive care” and added that he is “so glad to say I am up and running again.”

The musician thanked the “superb team of doctors, specialists, nurses and care staff” at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. On August 13, Murphy was rushed to the hospital due to shortness of breath and was unable to perform that evening’s scheduled concert at Le Poisson Rouge that was part of a residency across 11 nights. “Early Wednesday morning, we were informed that Peter had suffered a heart attack,” said his publicist’s original announcement.

That note continues: Cardiologist Jason Song, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital treated Peter and issued the following statement:

“Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction. He had two stents placed in his right coronary artery and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. Due to HIPAA regulations we cannot reveal further details of his condition. He is still in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition. Sadly due to the nature of this health event, Peter is physically unable to perform the remaining shows in the residency series, scheduled for August 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th. These shows will be postponed to later dates to be determined. Ticket buyers will have their tickets transferred to the corresponding rescheduled date OR can request a refund by emailing by 5PM EST on August 30, 2019.”

The announcement included this statement from Murphy’s family:

“We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before.”

More from Murphy’s August 24 post: “My tour manager Brian Lowe and my assistant Chantal Thomas were directly instrumental in saving my life and to whom I cannot thank enough. I also want to thank every single friend and fan who has been supporting me throughout this ordeal. I remain grateful especially to my Bauhaus band mates.”

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The club where Murphy was scheduled to perform, Le Poisson Rouge, issued this statement:

Peter Murphy (Photo from his Facebook page)

“All of us at LPR are devastated by this news. Peter’s performance and presence over the past twelve days has been amazing – both onstage and off. We wish Peter a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR.”

Murphy, who is 62, first gained attention with Bauhaus, then launched his solo career in 1983. His solo albums, originally released on the U.K. label, Beggars Banquet, include Love Hysteria, Deep and Holy Smoke, each of which charted on the Top 200 Albums chart in the U.S.

Listen to Murphy’s “Indigo Eyes” from his Love Hysteria solo album

When Bauhaus folded, its other members, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins, formed the alternative rock band, Love and Rockets, in 1985. Four years later, they scored an enormous hit, “So Alive,” which reached #3 on the Hot 100 in 1989.

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