TRAGEDY AT RODEO: A waist high sheet was lifted over the stage.
TRAGEDY AT RODEO: A waist high sheet was lifted over the stage. Tessa Flemming

UPDATE: Brad Cox speaks out about rodeo collapse

UPDATE 2PM: Brad Cox has confirmed that guitarist Tom (Hunter) Beasley suffered a serious medical episode during their Saturday night Rodeo performance.

This afternoon Brad Cox sent out a Facebook message to concerned fans stating that Tom Beasley was recovering in a Brisbane ICU. 

"Tom is in the best care possible and the doctors have a great attitude about his recovery," he said, 

"At this time the Brad Cox Band and Tom's family really appreciate the support and privacy, and we expect Tom to be living the dream again really soon being on the road with his best mates playing music."

Brad also told fans who witnessed the shocking incident to contact Warwick Police if they needed support. 

"Saturday night was extremely traumatic for us as a band and I'm sure many people who witnessed the events that unfolded," he said. 

"If you or any of your mates need to talk to a professional about this please get in touch with the local Warwick Police Station and QPS will provide support.

The update comes after rodeo-goers saw the guitarist collapse on stage during the Brad Cox Band's Saturday night performance. 

Tom was transported to the Warwick Hospital in a critical condition before being flown to a Brisbane Hospital.

Brad thanked the efforts of the crowd and first responders for their jumping in on Saturday night. 

"A huge thank you to the extraordinary people and especially nurses that were in the crowd, that without hesitation jumped in, to ultimately save Tom's precious life," he said.

UPDATE 10.30am: Ambulance media confirmed a man was transported from the Showgrounds to hospital in a critical condition last night.

 Paramedics were told that a man fell from standing before a critical care responder treated him on site.

Unconfirmed reports say the man suffered head injuries.

EARLIER: A MUSICIAN has collapsed on stage at the Warwick Rodeo tonight.

While details are still emerging, crowd members said they were watching the Brad Cox band perform, when after two songs, a waist-high sheet was pulled up over the stage and emergency services were called to the area.

Police and ambulances services attended and a replacement performer said the man was recovering in hospital. 

Witness Kim Bond said speculation was rife among the rodeo crowds. 

Ms Bond said the tragedy had completely shifted the upbeat feeling of the night.

"It's sad but they need to get people away from the stage and sort of keep the mood light."

Paramedics and police have left the scene. 

Warwick Daily News will keep you updated as more details emerge.



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