Del The Funky Homosapien fractured seven ribs and punctured a lung in Gorillaz stage fall

“He’s gonna be fine,” according to Damon Albarn.

July 12, 2018
Del The Funky Homosapien fractured seven ribs and punctured a lung in Gorillaz stage fall Del the Funky Homosapien performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival - Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York.   Nicholas Hunt/Getty

On Monday it was reported that Del The Funky Homosapien had fallen off stage while performing with Gorillaz at Roskilde festival in Denmark. Del updated fans to say he was resting in hospital and that he'd be back soon.

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Speaking in a new interview with Beats 1's Matt Wilkinson, Damon Albarn of Gorillaz revealed the true extent of his collaborator's injuries, and it sounds nasty. “Del is in hospital still in Roskilde,” Albarn said. “He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”

“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn added. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I though I was going to able to carry the song on. I though he was going to be okay.... But he really wasn’t.” He concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”

Listen to Albarn speak below and check out the moment Del fell too.

Del The Funky Homosapien fractured seven ribs and punctured a lung in Gorillaz stage fall