Barry Manilow rushed to hospital as ‘result of surgery complications’

By JC Reporter, February 12, 2016

Barry Manilow, who is currently on tour, was taken to hospital on Wednesday due to complications arising after emergency oral surgery on Monday.

The 72-year-old Copacabana singer, was taken to hospital after finishing a show in Los Angeles.

A statement on the star’s Facebook page said: "Following a triumphant sold out concert in Memphis, Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles due to complications from emergency oral surgery that Manilow had on Monday."

It added that it was unclear if Manilow will be able to attend the Grammy Awards on Monday where he has been nominated for an award – his 15th Grammy nomination.

However, Victoria Varela, Manilow's publicist, said the singer is still 'perfectly healthy' and no longer in the hospital.

"Other than the dental issue, he is doing great," she told CNN.

Manilow has had repeated dental issues since 1986, when he was rushed to the hospital after a benign tumour ruptured in his upper jaw.

Manilow, who grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, started his career by writing the entire original score of a musical adaption of The Drunkard – even though he was only asked to arrange songs. The musical ran for eight years at an off-Broadway venue. He is most well-known for the songs Mandy, Could it be Magic and Copacabana.

Last updated: 3:09pm, February 12 2016