US country music star collapses on stage

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Country star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday night.

The singer had just performed his hit single Humble and Kind when he sank to his knees then sat down.

McGraw’s wife, singer Faith Hill, later came out to tell the audience he could not continue with the performance.

“He’s been super dehydrated,” she told fans. “And I apologise, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.”

After the audience chanted “we love Tim”, Hill sang an a capella rendition of What a Friend We Have in Jesus, before the lights came up and the audience was ushered out.

McGraw, 50, was approaching the end of his set when he took ill at around 22:45 on Sunday night.

The gig, at Dublin’s 3 Arena was the final date of a three-day, three-city tour of the UK, as part of the Country to Country festival.

McGraw and Hill were co-headliners, and had played in London on Friday night, then in Glasgow on Saturday.

Hill said the whole crew had been left “a little bit dehydrated” from “travelling so much”.

A spokesman for McGraw said the star “was attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine”.

“He and Faith thank everyone for their love and support and look forward to seeing their Irish fans again soon.”

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Recently, McGraw made headlines as being one of the few mainstream country artists to voice support for gun control.

On 3 March, he praised the US sporting goods store Dick’s, after it raised the minimum age for anyone buying guns or ammunition to 21 years.

“Thank you @Dicks for taking a stand to promote a meaningful discussion for the safety of our kids!” McGraw wrote on Twitter, tagging other major retailers including Walmart, Kroger and LL Bean.

Those outlets later followed Dick’s lead.

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