Joe Lynn Turner, former Rainbow and Deep Purple singer, has been taken to hospital whilst on tour in Europe, with what has been called a “heart issue.”
The news was confirmed via his good friend, and former Rainbow vocalist, Graham Bonnet.
Initial reports from the Russian State media was that Turner was admitted, and was getting treatment, in a Minsk hospital for what was termed as “myocardial infarction,” a form of heart attack.
A statement by the the Ministry of Health of Belarus, addressed the situation as follows: “Yesterday, a patient with myocardial infarction entered the hospital, he was treated with all possible modern methods, and now his condition is stable.” he Ministry of Health also stated that Turner, who is now 66 years old, was planning a permanent move to the nation with his wife who is a lawyer and comes from Belarus.
Via Facebook, Graham Bonnet posted the following about Turner: “My friend Joe was hospitalized in Minsk with a heart issue last night and myself, Beth-Ami [Heavenstone] and the rest of the Graham Bonnet Band wish him a complete and speedy recovery. We love you, Joe.”
Turner has been in both Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1980 to 1984), and had another stint with Blackmore when he joined Deep Purple for a two year run in 1990.
Turner made his feelings known last year when Blackmore put together another version of Rainbow without any of the former members saying: “I had worked with Ritchie’s manager for over a year trying to put something together that was authentic. When I say ‘authentic,’ I mean authentic lineup, regardless of who was still around, who wasn’t. We were going to have people that actually were in Rainbow… And they just pulled out at the last minute really and put this thing together.”