While overseas in Belarus, singer Joe Lynn Turner was hospitalized for what is being described as a “heart issue.”
The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti was the first to report the news, stating that the onetime Deep Purple and Rainbow vocalist was “stable” after being treated at a Minsk facility for “myocardial infarction,” which is also known as a heart attack. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health stated that the vocalist was transported by ambulance to the hospital and that he’ll continue to receive treatment.
Turner was the frontman of Rainbow between 1980 and 1984 and he sang on the album Difficult To Cure, which featured the band’s most successful U.K. single, “I Surrender”.
During Turner’s time with Rainbow, the band had its first USA chart success and recorded songs that helped define the melodic rock genre.
1990 saw Turner reunited with Rainbow leader Ritchie Blackmore in a reformed Deep Purple for the Slaves And Masters album
Well wishes for the singer are starting to spread over social media including this one from Jeff Scott Soto (Sons of Apollo/W.E.T.):
— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) April 14, 2018