Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mystery of Murdoch’s Winter Disappearance Explained: “Fell On My Head”


Remember, I asked back in February, where is Rupert Murdoch? He’d been missing from social media, from almost all media, for several weeks by mid winter. The original piece I did noted his strange absence. He missed a lot, including Fox Searchlight’s Oscar win for “12 Years a Slave.”

Now we know the answer. The octogenarian fell, as many senior citizens do, and fractured his spine. He reveals this episode in his new Fortune magazine interview.

He tells Fortune: “I had a very bad month in January and February… I fell on my head.

“It was just stupidity… I’d put on some boots to go for a hike around San Francisco… and I went down and hit my head very hard. And I got… a hair fracture across my spine. I landed on a carpet, but on my head. I’ve never had such pain in my life.

“A friend of mine sent a friend of his, a neurosurgeon, down to see me, who quickly said I didn’t have any concussion. After that, I just went to my ranch and rested for three weeks.”

Did the fall knock some sense into him? Since the accident he’s spoken favorably of Hillary Clinton.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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