5SOS cancels shows after drummer Ashton Irwin has stroke-like symptoms mid-concert

“5 Seconds of Summer” was 45 minutes into their concert Sunday night when their drummer, Ashton Irwin, had to be rushed to hospital.

According to a statement from the band, Irwin, 27, experienced stroke-like symptoms caused by heat exhaustion while playing in Texas.

“Last night’s show ended early due to a medical incident during the show. Upon experiencing physical symptoms, Ashton was taken to a local hospital for the tests and medical assessment,” they wrote in part via Instagram Stories on Monday.

“Happy and above all [Ashton] feels good and recovers well. We apologize to all fans in attendance for cutting the show off.”

A second update posted two hours later revealed that the band – also consisting of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood – would cancel their Arkansas show Tuesday night based on “medical advice.”

“The new date will be July 26, so Rogers, AR will officially be our last show of the North American TMH tour!” they explained. “We’re sorry to interfere with your plans, but we promise those of you who can still make it, we’ll put on the show of a lifetime.”

They added: “In the meantime, you can join us in giving Ash the privacy to rest and get back to full fitness… lots of love, 5SOS.”

The band apologized to everyone “who attended because the show was cut short”.
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Irwin also took to social media on Monday to thank fans for their support and give them a health update. He also shared more details about what happened on stage.

“I suffered from an intense migraine caused by exhaustion and overheating on stage, which left me disconnected [sic] my vision and gave me stroke symptoms on the left side of my body,” he said explained in a series of tweets

Ashton Irwin
Irwin has been the band’s drummer since its formation in 2011.
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“It’s always great to play a huge energetic show in any environment thrown at us. Unfortunately my body gave out this time from heat exhaustion. I was in tears in the ambulance because I feel like I let a lot of people down. I take good care of myself and now I’m getting some rest.”

Irwin concluded his three part statement saying he feels “so loved” and “cared for” by his band “brothers”, team and fans.

“This is the price a parched drummer pays when he takes on the Texas heat. Everything will be made right, ticketing and scheduling,” he wrote. “I love you. Thanks for the love. I’ll be back on stage as soon as possible! X.”

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