Mick Jagger says 'on the mend' after medical procedure

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 06 2019 04:36 AM

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Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones poses for photographers as the band arrives for the opening of the new exhibit "Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones" in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US, November 15, 2016. Mike Segar, Reuters

NEW YORK - Mick Jagger is "on the mend" after a reportedly successful heart valve procedure in New York, the Rolling Stones front man said Friday.

"Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I'm feeling much better now and on the mend - and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job," said Jagger, 75.

Days earlier The Rolling Stones announced they would postpone the North American leg of their upcoming tour so Jagger could receive medical treatment.

Industry tracker Billboard had said late Thursday doctors performed a minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement, allowing the artist to avoid major surgery that would open his chest.

Instead, doctors accessed the heart valve of the flamboyant Stones lead singer through his femoral artery in the thigh.

Jagger was resting in the hospital, according to Billboard, citing anonymous sources who said he must lay low for 4 to 5 days so the artery could heal without triggering severe bleeding.


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Representatives for Jagger and the Stones did not immediately reply to AFP queries.

After the band that formed in 1962 announced the tour postponement of 17 shows in the US and Canada, Jagger had tweeted that he was "devastated" and would "be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can."

"I really hate letting you down like this," he said.

Jagger, who has 8 children, 5 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, has maintained his energetic stage performances well into his 70s.