During last week’s performance, Judas Priest was found dead on stage after suffering guitarist Richie Faulkner The aortic vein – A fatal heart condition that occurs frequently when the artery is ruptured or ruptured.
The 41-year-old musician has lived up to the hype and now reveals the death experience he suffered while performing the band’s 1990 “Pain Relief” song at the Loud Than Life Festival in Kentucky.
“As I watched footage of the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I was looking at the confusion and pain in my face when my aorta ruptured and started pouring blood into my chest cavity.” ” He told Rolling Stone In a written statement shortly after the incident on September 26. “My doctor called the aortic vein and the entire aortic dissection. As my surgeon told me, people who have it usually don’t go to hospital alive.”
Despite his inner pain, Faulkner managed to finish the show before being rushed to the University of Louisville’s Rudd Heart and Lung Center. There, he underwent emergency open heart surgery and his chest was “replaced by mechanical components.”
“I’m literally made of metal now,” said the heavy metal rocker.
The band formed in 1969, Subsequently adjourned The rest of its US tour and the 50th Anniversary “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour were rescheduled, but Faulkner says he was overcome with gratitude for being alive.
“I am always grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. I have always considered myself very fortunate – to play my favorite music – with my favorite band – my favorite people around the world,” wrote Faulkner of the group in 2011. Typing this out to you is the biggest gift of all.
“Without him we would be lost,” wrote Faulkner partner Maria Lynch In an Instagram post.
If the show’s set was long, or if the heart hospital was further away, Faulkner wasn’t sure he would live to tell the story. “We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things but I’m still alive with gratitude,” he said.
Faulkner, who has no past history of heart conditions, is now encouraging fans to check for unknown heart problems so they can avoid what they’ve experienced or worse.
“I don’t have high cholesterol and this could be the end for me,” she wrote. “If you can test yourself – please do it for me.”