Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett remains in a South American hospital after being refused a flight home to the UK on Saturday evening. Grimmett has been battling a life-threatening condition for a week after being rushed to a local hospital in Ecuador; the singer was amidst a tour in support of the band’s latest album, Walking In The Shadows.
Grimmett’s wife, Amelia Grimmett, has been updating fans around the globe of the singer’s condition via the band’s official Facebook page since the reports started to surface on January 14. “Last Saturday, whilst doing a gig in Ecuador, Steve was taken very ill,” she noted. “He finished the gig sitting down but was transported to a local hospital immediately after the performance where they operated to remove an infection.”
In an interview with Larry Kay of The Metal Voice this past weekend, Ms. Grimmett further detailed the situation. “The band was only ten days into a South American tour when Steve began to feel ill. He took some tablets thinking it was maybe altitude sickness. However during the early part of the band’s performance, Steve’s health went downhill quickly. He was taken to hospital and rushed into surgery to attempt to remove a growing infection on his foot. The following morning, they scanned him and confirmed the infection had spread. He was rushed back in to surgery and was told he would at minimum lose a few toes, with the worse-case scenario being the loss of his foot. Additional tests were conducted and the infection had again spread. On Wednesday, a decision was made for a third operation; one that resulted in doctors removing Steve’s right leg below the knee in order to stop the infection that could, if allowed to spread, take his life.”
Grimmett is currently expected to return to England on Friday. “Steve is booked on a plane to fly home this week,” notes Amelia. She shares, “the rest of the band has now flown back so Steve will be on his own in the hospital but he says he’s ok. The embassy has promised they will look after him and get him back to the UK safely.”
Steve has issued the following statement, “I would like to thank my band mates for their support and to our fans for doing the same.” Amelia adds, “I am overwhelmed with all the messages of support. Even though this was a life-changing operation, it saved Steve’s life, and me and the rest of our family are eternally grateful.”
Although Grimmett had travel insurance, the fact that he was suffering from a foot ulcer before making the trek to South America was enough for his insurance company to claim he had a pre-existing condition, thus rendering his insurance invalid, and leaving the singer with a USD 6000 hospital bill. A You Caring crowdfunding campaign has been started to assist Grimmett, and it you’d like to help out you can contribute HERE
All forthcoming Grim Reaper dates are cancelled.