British actor Stephen Fry has delighted fans with an update on his recovery journey following a serious fall earlier this year during a speaking engagement.
Fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting news on the beloved actor, comedian, and author regarding his condition after the 66-year-old suffered a two-metre fall from the stage, suffering injuries to his leg and ribs before being taken to hospital, while delivering a speech at the AI and technology festival, CogX, in London.
At the time of the incident, a source told The Daily Mail that “it looked like it was too dark and there didn’t look like there was a handrail”.
“He fell two metres to the floor. He looked to have been hurt as he had to leave in a wheelchair,” the source said.
Now during a recent appearance on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Fry explained that he is using a cane after sustaining a broken leg, pelvis and several ribs as a result of the fall.
“I am walking with a cane at the moment, because six weeks ago, to the very day, I delivered a lecture at the O2 Arena in Greenwich for part of CogX, which is a sort of festival of ideas, you might say,” Fry said.
“And I was giving a lecture on AI, a subject which has long absorbed my interest since the Seventies. And I took a bow at the end and walked off stage.
“I don’t know why, I just walked off to the right, having come on from the left! I didn’t know as I fiddled with the black curtain that there was a six-foot drop onto concrete.”
Fry revealed that he sustained breaks in two locations in his leg, his pelvis “in many places,” and he also suffered fractures in “a bunch of ribs.”
“So, this is my first sort of outing in the world really,” he added.
In 2018, Fry delivered the news in an emotional video to his fans, before thanking his “darling” husband and family for their support.
“Cancer is just something that rings in your head. ‘I’ve got cancer’, I went around saying to myself; ‘Good heaven’s Stephen you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer’,” he admitted at the time.
Opening up on his operation, Fry said he had his prostate and 11 lymph nodes removed.
“It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that, there are five holes punctured into you, it’s like being stabbed five times… to the body it’s the same traumatic effect,” he said.
“I’m bloody lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people and have such an incredible team to support me and an immune system because that’s the real hero of these things.”