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Former child star Jimmy Osmond suffers onstage stroke during British pantomime performance

  • Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the Osmonds family troupe, is taking time away from the stage after suffering the stroke during a performance of ‘Peter Pan’
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 1:10am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 January, 2019, 3:18am

US pop singer Jimmy Osmond, who performed the chart-topping hit Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool as a child in 1972, has suffered a stroke while performing in a pantomime in Britain and will take time away from the stage, a spokesperson for the singer said on Monday.

Osmond completed his performance of the Peter Pan family play on December 27 at the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre in central England before he was driven to hospital and found to have suffered a stroke, the representative said in a statement on the theatre’s website.

Osmond, now 55, was the youngest sibling in the Osmonds family troupe and became the youngest person to reach number one on Britain’s singles charts with the release of Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool when he was nine years old.

“He is grateful for all the well wishes and will be taking time out in the new year,” the spokesperson said.

Pantomimes – raucous, family-friendly plays frequently based on fairy tales –are a seasonal tradition in Britain at Christmas, and often feature celebrity cast members.