MINISTRY‘s management has released the following statement:
“[On Saturday] July 28, 2012 [in] Paris [France at] 9:05 p.m. MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen collapsed onstage during the live MINISTRY performance and was rushed to hospital via ambulance where he was examined by numerous physicians and diagnosed to have had a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue. Doctors confirm via blood tests conducted that Jourgensen‘s alcohol blood levels were well below normal and no narcotics were found in his system.
“As a result, MINISTRY has cancelled today’s appearance at the L’Etaples, France Rock En Stock festival in order to allow Mr. Jourgensen a few days rest to recuperate and receive additional medical attention in Switzerland. Jourgensen fully intends to complete the remaining shows on the MINISTRY ‘DeFiBriLlaTouR’ European leg.
“Jourgensen extends his most sincere apologies to his devoted Parisian fans who displayed so much love, respect and concern for him before and after the MINISTRY show.”
Said Jourgensen: “I will make it up to you, somehow. I love Paris, I love the Parisian people. I’m so sorry… but shit happens and the shit hit the fan for me last night.”
Jourgensen officially reformed MINISTRY last year after a three-year hiatus and released a new studio album, “Relapse”, in March.