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Veteran Punk Singer Has Heart Attack Onstage

Wattie Buchan, singer for the veteran punk band the Exploited, had a heart attack onstage on Feb. 13. The group, which formed in Scotland more than 30 years ago, was performing in Lisbon, Portugal, at the time.

According to the Daily Record, Buchan was onstage with the Exploited last week when he slipped to his knees at the Republica de Musica. The group stopped the song, and Buchan was rushed offstage and to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. You can see video of the scary incident above.

The Exploited were on the road as part of the Resurrection Tour of Chaos with a few other bands, including Hatebreed and Napalm Death. The Exploited have canceled all upcoming dates until May.

“We are sorry to say that due to a severe illness that Wattie can’t continue with the tour,” said a spokesman for the band in a statement. “He will be in hospital for at least a week.”

Buchan’s wife posted an update on the group’s Facebook page today, “My lovely husband Wattie has asked me to say thanks to everyone from him (and also thanks from myself) for all their well wishes and support for him! Means a lot to us both and has been really helpful in cheering him up.”

The Exploited recently signed a new record deal and are planning to reissue their classic albums soon. They also have a brand new LP due sometime this year.

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