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Fabian survives crash — then falls off stage

Fabian escaped serious injury twice this past weekend — first in a car crash, then in a concert accident.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Fabian escaped serious injury twice this past weekend — first in a car crash, then in a concert accident.

The 64-year-old singer was riding with his manager and daughter near Palm Desert on Friday night when a car sideswiped their vehicle, which rolled several times, Fabian spokesman Steve Moyer said in a statement released late Sunday night.

Fabian and daughter Julia Forte were examined and released. His manager, Oscar Arslanian, was taken to a hospital for scalp lacerations and blood loss. He was expected to make a full recovery, Moyer said.

On Saturday, Fabian was performing at the Spotlight 29 Casino along with former teen idols Frankie Avalon and Lou Christie when he fell off the stage. He suffered a scrape to his chin, said Paul Speirs, a casino spokesman.

“It’s a miracle that we survived that accident,” Fabian said in a statement. “Except for being sore, I thought I could do the show. I didn’t want to disappoint the audience.”

Fabian, born Fabian Anthony Forte, gained fame in the 1950s and 1960s with songs such as “Turn Me Loose” and “Tiger.” He made guest appearances on TV shows such as “Laverne & Shirley,” “The Facts of Life” and “Murphy Brown,” and starred in the 1964 movie “Ride the Wild Surf.”

He will rejoin Avalon and Bobby Rydell for several shows in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.