British actor Stephen Fry is said to have sustained injuries to his ribs and legs following a mishap during a speaking engagement in London, where he fell from the stage.
While delivering a speech at the AI and technology festival, CogX, in London the 66-year-old suffered a two-metre fall from the stage, reportedly suffering injuries to his leg and ribs before being taken to hospital.
“It looked like it was too dark and there didn’t look like there was a handrail,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“He fell two metres to the floor. He looked to have been hurt as he had to leave in a wheelchair.”
London Ambulance Service issued a statement regarding the incident, stating that they “sent a medic in a fast-response car, an ambulance crew, and an incident response officer to the scene”.
“We treated a man for rib and leg injuries before taking him to hospital,” a spokesperson said.
Organisers of the CogX Festival have launched an investigation into the incident, a spokesperson for the event revealing they “were deeply concerned to hear of Stephen’s accident after giving his inspirational speech on the impact of AI”.
“We are thinking of him and wishing him a swift recovery. We have opened our own enquiry and until then we are not able to share any further details,” the spokesperson said.
Fans wasted no time in flooding social media with their heartfelt best wishes for the beloved actor’s speedy recovery.
Ouch! Hope he’s OK
— ‘darnstadium’ (@darnstadium) September 20, 2023
I hope he’s ok.
— Mark T. Fleming. (@LifeLongMod) September 20, 2023
Speedy recovery Mr. Fry.
— B.Face (@BertfaceBerty) September 20, 2023
Hope he is okay.
— Claire Mac 🎹 🎸🎼 (@clairemac45) September 20, 2023
I’m sorry to hear that Stephen. Hope you will feel better soon.
— Christina W. (@ChristinaW16) September 20, 2023
Fry’s fans have expressed concerns about the actor’s well-being previously, particularly after he disclosed his hidden struggle with prostate cancer.
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.”
Following his fall, no further details have been released regarding his condition.