Drake White

Drake White Reveals He Has AVM, a Debilitating Brain Condition, After Nearly Collapsing Onstage

Drake White
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Drake White took the stage last Friday for an outdoor concert series in Roanoke, Virginia, and immediately started delivering the kind of show the soulful powerhouse has long been known for. But 15 minutes into his performance, the Alabama native began to stumble, his bandmate quickly catching him before he collapsed to the ground. Fans witnessing the episode became concerned as friends and family closest to White started to pray. Could there be something seriously wrong with Drake White?

While the incident shocked many, it came just as the “Livin’ the Dream” singer, 35, was finally ready to reveal a secret health battle he’s faced for months now: In January he was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins in the brain that disrupts normal blood flow.

“It was basically stealing blood from my brain,” White told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview in July, just weeks before his onstage scare. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time, because it could have caused a stroke.”

Since then, he’s been undergoing a series of embolization procedures to cut off blood flow to the affected vessels — the last just four days before he came close to collapsing. Though it is still unclear if his near-fall was directly related to that procedure or his condition, the musician had already decided that it was time to share the details of the grueling medical journey he’s been on since the beginning of the year.

For full story, head to People.com 

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