Hartlepool United have wished rock singer Meat Loaf a speedy recovery after the celebrity Pools fan collapsed on stage and ended up in hospital.
American Meat Loaf – real name Marvin Lee Aday – previously professed his love for the town’s club on national TV.
The Bat Out of Hell singer collapsed while performing in concert in Canada and was taken to hospital.
A Hartlepool United spokesman said: “The club would like to wish Meat Loaf a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on stage very soon.”
Meat Loaf became a fan of the club back in 2003 after Pools won promotion to Division Two – now called League One – of the football league.
The 68-year-old first declared his love for Hartlepool United on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM football chat show.
We wish Meatloaf a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on stage soonHartlepool United
He later appeared on the Graham Norton chat show holding a cuddly toy of the club’s monkey mascot H’Angus.
Meat Loaf told Norton Hartlepool had become his favourite team after winning promotion and explained how Stuart Drummond went from playing H’Angus to becoming town mayor.
The singer’s spokesman said at the time: “Since appearing on Soccer AM and coming across Hartlepool and its loyal fans, it has stirred something deep inside of Meat Loaf.
“He has become slightly obsessed with the team.”
At around the same time Meat Loaf was also reported to be looking to buy a house in the town.
But he has appeared quiet in recent years with Pools battling it out the fourth tier of the football league.
Pools’ most famous fan remains Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling who celebrates every goal the team scores from the Soccer Saturday studios.
Janick Gers of the metal band Iron Maiden is also a regular on the Mill House terrace.
Meat Loaf previously collapsed while performing in 2011 and at a performance in London in 2003.
His condition after his latest episode is said to be stable.