As we reach the end of 2022, reports of singers and performers canceling tours due to ill health have become increasingly common.
The steady flow of such headlines has seemingly diluted the shock value, where it would once be driven by its rarity. But sadly, theses headlines are no longer rare. In fact, such reports are becoming so common they rarely make it to the front page anymore.
Below is a list of 53 performers (although not exhaustive) who have died, fell ill, or collapsed on or off stage in the last three months.
Michael Benjamin – 18 October 2022
Affectionately known as Mikaben, singer Michael Benjamin died at 41 in October 2022. The singer had been performing onstage in Paris with the Haitian konpa band Carimi when he collapsed and died.
Arsenio Puro – 17 October 2022
Magician Arsenio Puro died unexpectedly after a heart attack on stage in October 2022.
Joyce Sims – 17 October 2022
R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims died at the age of 63, with no cause of death given.
Halsey – 14 October 2022
The popular singer Halsey canceled her upcoming tour due to unforeseen circumstances.
Ringo Starr 14 October 2022
Sir Ringo Starr announced the cancellation of the rest of his North American tour on 14 October 2022 due to health issues.
Brandy – 13 October 2022
It was reported that R&B singer Brandy suffered a possible seizure and was rushed to the hospital on 12 October 2022.
Andrés Cuervo – 12 October 2022
40-year-old Colombian artist Andrés Cuervo died in Paris after suffering a heart attack.
Chris Martin – 10 October 2022
British rock band Coldplay postponed their Brazil tour due to the ill health of their frontman Chris Martin. The 45-year-old singer had a serious lung infection and was ordered to rest.
Stevie Nicks – 5 October 2022
Singer Stevie Nicks’ postpones her show due to a respiratory illness.
Murali Mohapatra – 4 October 2022
Popular Odia singer Murali Mohapatra collapsed and died while performing at a Durga Puja cultural event in Odisha’s Koraput district. Mr. Mohapatra, reportedly unwell, suddenly sat down on a chair on the stage after singing four songs in Jeyore town.
Alan Jackson – 4 October 2022
Singer Alan Jackson postponed a pair of upcoming shows on 4 October 2022 in Pittsburgh and Atlantic City, N.J., citing health concerns.
The Avalanches – 3 October 2022
The Avalanches canceled their 2022 tour of North America “due to serious illness.”
Andrés Pancho – 3 October 2022
The singer of the Antihéroes Rock Band, Andrés Pancho, 50, died after he suffered a fatal heart attack on stage on Sunday, 3 October.
Lindsey Buckingham – 3 October 2022
Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham announced on 3 October that he would not finish out the rest of his European tour due to ongoing health issues.
Roberto Gonzalo – 2 October 2022
Roberto Gonzalo, bassist of the Riojan rock group Tierra Santa, suffered a heart attack in full concert on the 2 October.
Phil Mogg – 2 October 2022
UFO frontman Phil Mogg suffered a heart attack in September, saying his physician told him he should consider ending his career after the episode.
Coolio – 29 September 27 September 2022
‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio died at 59 from a heart attack in September 2022.
Jimmy Buffet – 27 September 2022
Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet postponed the remainder of his 2022 tour dates after a “brief hospitalization” for undisclosed health issues.
Edson Gomes – 26 September 2022
Edson Gomes was performing at Clube Cabo Branco when the guitarist, whose name was not disclosed, felt sick and fell on stage.
Post Malone – 25 September 2022
Post Malone was admitted to hospital after “having a very difficult time breathing” in September 20222.
Melanie Müller – 23 September 2022
Ballermann star Melanie Müller suffered a stroke in July. The right side of her face was then slightly paralyzed, and since then, she has had tinnitus in her right ear.
Electric callboy – 22 September 2022
Metal group Electric Callboy was forced to postpone their entire live run across the U.K., Europe, and the United States due to health issues.
Raju Srivastava – 22 September 2022
Comedian Raju Srivastava passed away in September after being on a ventilator since 10 August after he collapsed while running on a treadmill.
DJ Jamie Roy – 21 September 2022
Respected D.J. and producer Jamie Roy died aged 33 – cause of death unknown.
Lil Baby – 20 September 2022
Lil Baby cited his body “completely shutting down” as the reason for canceling his headlining set at Vancouver’s BreakOut Festival over the weekend.
2 RAF musicians collapse during Queen Elizabeths’s funeral – 19 September 2022
Two RAF musicians due to play at the procession at the Queen’s funeral collapsed and were treated by paramedics.
Valencia Prime – 17 September 2022
Prominent Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime died after she collapsed onstage while performing in the city’s Gayborhood.
Arlo Parks – 17 September 2022
Arlo Parks canceled a number of her forthcoming U.S. tour dates to protect her mental health. “I am broken,” she said in a statement.
Jesse Powell – 15 September 2022
R&B singer Jesse Powell, best known for the 1996 hit “You,” died in September 2022 at age 51 for unknown reasons.
Sam Fender – 14 September 2022
Sam Fender canceled a number of forthcoming shows and announced he is “taking some time off the road” to look after his mental health.
Wet Leg – 13 September 2022
Wet Leg responded to their canceled tour dates in Denver and New Mexico by citing the need to focus on their collective mental health.
Yogesh Gupta – 8 September 2022
Dancer Yogesh Gupta died while performing dance in a Ganesh Puja event. He suffered a heart attack during the performance, fainted, and fell of the stage.
Dead Can Dance – 7 September 2022
Dead Can Dance was finally set to start their long-delayed “A Celebration – Life and Works” tour this fall in Europe, with rescheduled North America shows to follow in spring 2023, but all dates have now been canceled due to “health reasons.”
Javi Manerio – 7 September 2022
Hospitalized with stroke
Heredeiros da Crus – 7 September 2022
The legendary Galician band Heredeiros da Crus, which planned to hold various concerts during the remainder of this month in Galicia, has been forced to cancel at least two of them due to sick leave of one of its members.
Bauhaus – 1 September 2022
Bauhaus canceled their forthcoming North American due to member Peter Murphy’s health and well-being.
Gang of Youths – 1 September 2022
Frontman Dave Le’aupepe said, “I need to unf*ck my shit and get my body, voice, and mind in better working order.”
The Amity Affliction – 1 September 2022
Australian metalcore group, The Amity Affliction, postponed their European/U.K. touring plans to early 2023 due to health reasons.
John Paul Young – 30 August 2022
John Paul Young canceled his upcoming tour dates, with the veteran Australian singer citing ongoing health issues for axing the shows.
Russ – 29 August 2022
Russ announced that he is canceling the remainder of the European tour – His reasoning: “I feel like sh*t.”
Cradle of Filth guitarist – 23 August 2022
Former Cradle of Filth guitarist Stuart Anstis, who played on the band’s Dusk and Her Embrace and Cruelty and the Beast albums, died at age 48 on 21 August.
Darius Campbell – 16 August 2022
Pop Idol winner Darius Campbell Danesh died of unknown causes.
Shuhua – 14 August 2022
(G)I-DLE member Shuhua briefly collapsed on stage mid-performance at the girl group’s recent Mexico City concert.
Teddy Ray – 13 August 2022
Comedian Teddy Ray died at 32 in what authorities say was an apparent drowning: Comic was discovered by a maintenance worker at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.
White Snake – 8 August 2022
Whitesnake bowed out of their summer 2022 North American tour with Scorpions due to bandleader David Coverdale’s ongoing health issues.
D-Roc – 2 August 2022
D-Roc had to be carried away after collapsing 30 minutes into the Ying Yang Twins’ set at a fair in Missouri.
Shawn Mendes – 27 July 2022
Shawn Mendes canceled the rest of the ‘Wonderworld’ tour dates for health reasons.
Stefan Soltész – 23 July 2022
Stefan Soltész collapsed and died during a performance at the Bavarian State Opera.
Limp Bizkit – 20 July 2022
Limp Bizkit has postponed this summer’s European tour due to an unspecified medical condition affecting frontman Fred Durst.
Andrew LaBarre- 19 July 2022
Former Ghoul and Impaled guitarist Andrew LaBarre passed away at 43 years old due to Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).