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Driving Home For Christmas singer Chris Rea ‘collapses on stage’

A fan in the audience said the musician had been on stage for 40 to 45 minutes before he fell backwards.

Singer-songwriter Chris Rea has collapsed on the stage during a show, with one audience member describing him “falling into a clump”.

The Driving Home For Christmas star had been performing at the New Theatre Oxford when the incident happened on Saturday.

Darren Fewins, who had been watching the show with his wife, told the Press Association the musician had been on stage for 40 to 45 minutes before he fell backwards.

“He was standing by the microphone and he had the guitar in his hand and he kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with it,” the 46-year-old said.

“He walked forward to the microphone and he was trying to grab the microphone with his left hand, and it was swinging from side-to-side.

“I thought at first there was something wrong with it and he was trying to keep it steady. He then took three or four steps backwards.

“Then he just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump.

“He was on his back for about two minutes before they brought the curtain down and then that was it.”

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