Domingo hospitalized with embolism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Opera singer Placido Domingo, 72, is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs.
Domingo’s representative says the singer is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss several appearances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the hospital Monday in Madrid. Doctors say the pulmonary embolism was caused by a blood clot.
The singer’s representative, Nancy Seltzer, says doctors have asked the Spanish tenor and conductor to rest for three to four weeks, but that healing time varies. His return to the stage will depend on how quickly he regains his strength.
It’s not the first time Domingo has faced a serious medical condition.
Domingo returned to the stage just 45 days after undergoing colon cancer surgery in 2010 and has maintained a vigorous schedule and displayed an uncommon vitality at an age when most stars have stepped away from the spotlight.
He is the most visible opera singer in the world and has performed more than 140 roles, expanding his repertoire to include baritone roles in the past half-decade. The Three Tenors member also recently was named the new goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for his efforts in spreading classical music around the world.
Domingo has canceled his five performances in Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which were to begin July 17 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as an appearance on July 21 at Plaza Mayor.
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean pop sensation Rain is out of the military.
Under cloudy skies today, Rain, 31, fired off a crisp salute and thanked a large crowd of mostly media and women who’d gathered to commemorate his discharge after 21 months of mandatory service.
The fans held signs reading in Korean and English: “We waited for you” and “Rain’s coming.” One Japanese fan said she’d been waiting for more than a day to see the “entertainment soldier.”
The singer served in an army unit that provides TV and radio programming that promotes the military.
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has made seven albums and acted in several South Korean and Hollywood films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.
He hasn’t said what his plans are.
South Korea requires all able-bodied men to serve about two to three years in the military, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
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LONDON — Elton John, 66, says he is grateful to be alive after learning he had been playing European tour dates while suffering from undiagnosed appendicitis.
The musician is quoted in The Sun newspaper today as saying he had struggled through the shows in pain, thinking he had food poisoning.
He later learned “I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”
He added: “I feel so lucky and grateful to be alive.”
On Tuesday John canceled a show in London’s Hyde Park and other summer dates while he is treated for an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.
He is due to have surgery in the next few weeks after treatment with antibiotics.
John’s new album, “The Diving Board,” is due out in September.
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NEW YORK — Amanda Bynes wore a long aqua wig, false eyelashes and black sweatpants and a tank top for a brief court appearance Tuesday on allegations that she chucked a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.
The actress did not speak during the hearing that lasted mere minutes, but she drew a throng of photographers and television cameras as she entered and left the criminal court building in lower Manhattan. Neither she nor her attorney spoke to reporters outside court.
Bynes, 27, was arrested May 23 after building officials at her midtown apartment called police to complain that she was rolling a joint and smoking pot in the lobby. Officers went to her apartment, where they said they saw heavy smoke and a bong sitting on the kitchen counter. They said she tossed the bong out the window in front of them, according to prosecutors. A day later, in her first court appearance, she wore a disheveled blond wig.
Manhattan prosecutors filed an affidavit from her building manager, Rudy Toro, corroborating police and prosecutors’ account of the tale. Bynes’ next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 26.
She left court with her attorney, Gerald Shargel, wearing sunglasses into a waiting black Mercedes sedan.