Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes has been rushed to hospital fighting a mystery illness.
The 64-year-old Cold Chisel frontman spent the night in an emergency room in Sydney after being taken there by his wife on Monday night.
‘I spent last night in ER at St Vincent Hospital and I want to thank the amazing staff who took care of me. This song (see next post) is for them and my best friend,’ he shared on social media.
He confirmed in a later video the hospital stay was not related to coronavirus.
‘I had an unexpected visit to St Vincent’s Emergency last night… I was a bit crook non covid-related,’ he said.
In the video, which also features his partner Jane Mahoney and daughter Elly-May Barnes, he dedicated a song to hospital staff and family who helped him during the ordeal.
The video featured the three singing the Beatles Classic, With a Little Help From My Friends.
‘We were well looked after by all our mates – doctors and nurses and staff at St Vinnies’ he said.
Jimmy Barnes’ management told Daily Mail Australia he is ‘feeling fine now and is back home’ after the hospitalisation which was the result of a ‘stomach bug’.
Meanwhile son and Today Extra host David Campbell shared his relief on social media.
‘Spoke to my dad. He is safe at home. Much better. Which is a relief,’ he wrote.
St Vincent Hospital director of public affairs David Fakto said hospital staff were delighted to help out.
‘It’s always great for our hardworking staff to get such heartfelt patient feedback, ‘ he told the Herald Sun.
‘But it’s doubly special coming from an Aussie rock legend.’
Hundreds of fans sent messages of support on social media, including several high profile followers.
‘Get well soon Jimmy and sending lots of hugs to Jane too,’ Studio 10 Host Angela Bishop wrote.
‘Get well soon Jimmy!’ ABC personality Myf Warhurst wrote.
The family have been isolating at their property in Berrima in the Southern Highlands throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The music legend told fans they would be staying close to home for a few months on July 15 after a confirmed COVID-19 case in the area.
His partner Jane shared several photos of the family bonding during isolation several days later.
‘A relaxing Sunday before a harrowing week ahead. Please stay safe, stay well, be positive, Be KIND. Support each other and these tough times will be easier,’ she wrote.
The ‘Working Class Man’ singer has been performing for fans through the COVID-19 lockdown with a nightly performance on social media.
Each video features his partner Jane on guitar as well as cameos from the extended family including children Elly-May, Mahlia, David and Jackie and EJ.
His brother in law Diesel and Masterchef Judge Jock Zonfrillo also make an appearance.