Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Exclusive: High Blood Pressure Put Patti Smith in Italian Hospital, But She’s On Her Way Home Saturday


Good news: Patti Smith is coming home. My sources say Patti will fly home on Saturday after being waylaid in an Italian hospital.

Initially there was word she had bronchitis. But now I’d told Patti also had high blood pressure that had to be treated. Luckily it was caught quickly and Patti is on the mend.

Patti is one of our great, indomitable spirits, and one of my personal favorite people. A proud member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she is an essential American cultural voice. She was once considered a punk and a rebel, but now she is an Esteemed Artist. I hope one day she’ll get a Kennedy Center honor.

Below is her Instagram post thanking everyone at the hospital. I don’t know how many of her US fans know this, but Patti is a huge star in Florence, Italy. She performs there regularly, is beloved, and sometimes just busks around on the streets. They love her and we do, too!

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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