Patti Smith mentioned on Thursday morning (Dec. 14) that she is “resting, as the doctor ordered,” after a brief stay in an Italian hospital for an unexpected illness.
“This is thanking all at the hospital for their help and guidance,” Smith wrote in an Instagram post. “I am so sorry that we had to cancel concerts in Bologna and Venice. I will return to fulfill my happy obligations. This is also to thank all the medical teams globally, who attend to the people’s needs, especially those altruistically serving under fire, all healers, physicians, nurses, attendants,” she continued.
Italian media reported that Smith was taken to the Maggiore Hospital on Tuesday due to a “sudden illness,” resulting in the cancellation of her planned show at the Teatro Duse in Bologna that night; she was reportedly released after the short visit to the ER.
“With great regret, we inform the kind audience that the concert scheduled for today 12 December 2023 at 9 pm will not be able to go on stage due to a sudden illness that struck the artist,” the venue wrote in an Instagram post.
Hospital press officer Illaria Maria Di Battista told People that the head of the emergency unit, Dr. Alesso Bertini, told her that, “Mrs. Smith was very polite and collaborative with us which made it easier for us to do our job to the best of our capabilities.”
Battista added that Bertini also said,
“She is such a person of reference for us and for so many generations. We even had the opportunity to speak about music and our favorite songs.”
Another hospital source said that Smith hugged and thanked the medical staff before leaving.