Actress and musician Hazel O’Connor, who rose to fame in the 1980s with hits like Eighth Day and Will You? He is recovering in the hospital after suffering from bleeding on the brain.
The star of the 1980 punk musical Breaking Glass was found at her home in southwest France on Sunday and taken to hospital after what her family described as a “serious medical incident”.
O’Connor, 66, was placed in an induced coma for 24 hours but is now said to be responding to treatment.
Writing on social media, her brother Neil O’Connor said she has already regained some of her “normal enthusiasm”.
Mr O’Connor said: “Last Sunday, 9/01/2022, Hazel was traced to her location in SW France and suffered a serious medical incident.
“She was taken to her local hospital where it was determined that she had bleeding on her brain and should be transferred to a major hospital where her condition could be monitored more effectively.
“Things were touch and go on Sunday and the next 24 hours will determine how his recovery can go.
“He was placed in an induced coma for about 24 hours and was brought out of it on Monday evening and has been showing great progress since then, however, his recovery is going to take some time but he is tough and responding. For stimulation and healing.
“She is getting the best care and I thank the French medical service there for taking such good care of her.
“So, please, all positive thoughts, vibes, intentions are appreciated.
“He will need patience from us and himself, I have already learned that he has started to show his usual enthusiasm”.
O’Connor was supposed to start a new tour later this year, but that has now been postponed. Describing her as a “fighter”, the singer’s management team said: “No one knows what progress Hazel will make and when.
“You might be thinking, Hazel shouldn’t be doing any shows in the near future, well yeah, that could be the result, we just don’t know.
“We know Hazel is a fighter and we think she’d like to know if there are some live shows coming up that are to be worked on.”