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Keith Richards released from hospital

Rocker will remain under medical care while recovering from fall
/ Source: Reuters

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been released from a hospital in New Zealand, after undergoing surgery for a head injury following a fall, but will remain under medical care, his publicist said Wednesday.

“Keith Richards was discharged today from the Ascot Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. He will be an outpatient returning to the hospital for check-ups,” a statement said.

It was not immediately clear how long the hard-living 62-year-old rocker would remain in New Zealand, where he has already spent about two weeks. He was flown there for observation after falling and suffering a concussion while on vacation in Fiji.

Richards underwent an operation Monday after complaining of headaches, and the procedure was “100 percent successful,” his publicist said at the time. The Stones organization has not said what the operation was for, but news reports have speculated it was to drain blood from his skull.

The band’s publicist Tuesday denied reports that Richards had actually undergone two surgeries and risked brain damage.

Richards’ ailment has forced the band to postpone the start of the European leg of the band’s “A Bigger Bang” world tour, which was scheduled to kick off May 27 in Barcelona, Spain. It is now expected to start in June, though no new dates have been announced yet.

Richards’ wife, Patti Hansen, and children have been at his bedside, and guitars have reportedly been brought in for him to play.

The Stones’ publicists have given few details of Richards’ mishap, which happened while Richards and his wife were in Fiji following the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific leg of the band’s tour. Newspaper accounts have variously reported that he fell from a tree or from a watercraft.