Yoko Ono has been rushed to the hospital with initial reports that she had suffered a stroke, with some reports claiming that the medical crisis could be life-threatening.
The condition of the legendary artist and musician was not yet known. The New York Post reported that she called for an ambulance at close to 9 p.m. fearing that she may have having a stroke. She was taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospital, the same one where husband John Lennon died after being shot in 1980.
CBS New York reported that Yoko Ono was unconscious when paramedics arrived.
“Ono, who turned 83 this month, was taken from her home at the Dakota at 72nd Street and Central Park West, and was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital – formerly St. Luke’s Roosevelt, a police source told CBS2’s Jessica Schneider.
“Ono was unconscious when she was taken to the hospital at 9:05 p.m., the FDNY said.
“Ono has lived in the Dakota since 1973. Her husband, John Lennon, was shot and killed in front of the building on Dec. 8, 1980.”
The extent of Yoko Ono’s medical condition is not yet known. Some reports have claimed that it is life-threatening, but so far there is no official word from the hospital.
There is some question as to whether Yoko Ono actually suffered a stroke or may be having some kind of other medical crisis. The Daily Mail Online reported that she was instead suffering from the flu and went to the hospital on the advice of doctors.
“Yoko Ono has been hospitalized with a bout of the flu, according to her publicist,” the report noted. “Elliot Mintz told Daily Mail.com that the iconic artist was taken to hospital in New York City on the advice of her doctor.
“Ono, who celebrated her 83rd birthday last week, will be kept overnight and is expected to be released tomorrow. Mr. Mintz denied reports that she had a stroke.”
Mintz released a full statement to ABC News saying that it was indeed a flu that brought Yoko Ono to the hospital.
“To the best of my knowledge, she had symptoms along the lines of a serious flu, and her doctor thought it was best that she would get a check-up at the hospital. There is no stroke and there are no life threatening circumstances as has been described to me.
“It’s just an advanced case of the flu.”
The medical crisis came just one day after an interview was published in Us Weekly in which Yoko Ono addressed her role in the breakup of The Beatles — or her lack of a role. Ono claimed that, despite taking much of the blame for the group’s split, she really had no part in it.
“I had nothing to do with breaking up the Beatles,” she said. “And I think Paul [McCartney] is a pretty cool dude.”
In the same interview, Yoko Ono revealed her strange sleeping habits, which she said consisted of less than four hours at a stretch.
“I have never slept more than three or four hours at a time,” she said. “According to doctors, that’s not anything bad. In the middle of the night, it’s silent, it makes me feel like writing a song.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates on Yoko Ono’s medical status.
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