August 31

Jennifer Nettles Accidentally Breaks Rib Before Performance

Country duo Sugarland’s singer, Jennifer Nettles, did not expect to find herself hospitalized before she performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show was part of a Time Inc. presentation for advertisers, where they were pitching a segment for a new video series titled, ‘American Anthem’. As she made her way to the stage where she was supposed to perform, Nettles tripped over a huge lighting fixture. The singer fell off the stage.

According to witnesses, Jennifer Nettles was audibly crying, “I broke my rib”, as she lay on the concrete floor, clutching the side of her body, and writhing in pain.

People and Entertainment Weekly’s editorial director, Jess Cagle, had to end the presentation quickly after Jennifer Nettles’ fatal accident. He hurriedly carried her and took her to the back door. After her fall, Nettles was rushed to Bellevue Hospital via an ambulance. Meanwhile, fans, relatives, and friends were left speechless and extremely worried for the singer.

Later that day, Jennifer Nettles posted a series of updates on her Twitter account.

First time in all my 20+ yrs of performing to fall off a stage!!! First time for everything!!! Thanks for the love

At first, she expressed her gratefulness to all the people who assisted her, “Hi loves. Thanks for all your kind wishes. Broken rib and banged up, but grateful. Maybe slowly moving for a bit. But I’ll rally.”

She continued saying thank you to everyone who gave her words of encouragement and helped her.

Thank you to everyone, first responders, EMT’s, and everyone at the hospital. Dr. Mordel and all the nurses. I am so grateful for you!

Nettles even had the spirit to make a little joke and comparison about her fall.

EMT: On a scale of 1-10 how bad does it hurt?

Me: It’s not having a baby, but it’s close.

Off to rest now.

At present, Jennifer Nettles is on her way to her full recovery.


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