Keith Richards Has Brain Surgery

Keith Richards Has Brain Surgery
Keith Richards
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05/08/2006 AT 08:55 AM EDT

Keith Richards underwent surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain caused by a recent accident while on vacation in Fiji, according to news reports Down Under.

The Rolling Stones guitarist, 62, was recovering in New Zealand after the surgery, reports the New Zealand Herald.

The operation reportedly was to relieve a subdural hematoma – a blood clot on the brain. The procedure normally involves drilling a hole through the skull to remove the clot, reports Reuters.

Last Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Stones said Richards was making "a speedy recovery" after his injury, while Auckland's Ascot Hospital duty manager Geoff Sparks told the Associated Press: "I can categorically confirm Mr. Richards ... is no longer a patient in this hospital. He has been discharged."

Richards had been flown to Auckland, New Zealand, for observation after sustaining a "mild concussion" while on vacation in Fiji, said the rep. Various news reports have said that Richards fell from a coconut tree, a Jet Ski or a combination of the two.

The Rolling Stones have not made an official announcement as to the cause of Richards's mishap but say that the European leg of the band's world tour would begin, as scheduled, on May 27 in Barcelona.

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