The head injury suffered by reggae legend Toots Hibbert in Richmond may be more serious than previously thought.
Management representatives from Toots and the Maytals released a statement that the singer has cancelled the remaining dates of his acoustic tour to return home to Jamaica on Tuesday “due to continuing medical issues” and to seek additional treatment.
Toots was injured May 18 while performing on Brown’s Island as part of the Dominion Riverrock festival. A man in the audience tossed an empty vodka bottle toward the stage, striking Hibbert on the head.
From the news release: “All the concerts on this tour which have been cancelled will be rescheduled for later in the year after Toots has been given a clean bill of health from his doctors. Toots regrets having to disappoint any of his fans but this serious head injury requires he return home to attend to his medical issues. In that Toots is still undergoing tests and treatment, no definite date for the continuation of touring can be determined as of today. Toots appreciates all of the well wishes and support from his fans and looks forward to performing for them again soon.”
The night of the Dominion Riverrock event, Hibbert was rushed to the hospital where he received multiple staples to close a gash on his forehead.
Nineteen-year-old William C. Lewis of Henrico was charged with malicious wounding and public intoxication. Lewis was released on $3,500 bond with the stipulation that he enrolls in a drug and alcohol treatment program. He is scheduled to appear in court June 7.
The Baltimore City Paper reported that Hibbert spoke about the incident during his recent acoustic show at Washington’s the Hamilton venue. During his stage banter, the singer reportedly claimed that he encountered Lewis after the incident. “I didn’t hear much of what he said, but I thought I heard ‘because I love your music’,” he said, according to Baltimore City Paper. The singer also complained of continuing head pain as the concert wore on, the newspaper reported.