Bo Diddley stable after heart attack

  • 31 August 2007

Rock n’ roll legend Bo Diddley suffered a heart attack during a routine check up last week, and is now in a stable condition in a Florida hospital.

The 78-year-old, who had a stroke in May, underwent surgery to improve the flow of blood to his heart and has since been moved from intensive care at the North Florida Regional Medical Center to the hospital’s cardiac care unit.

His spokeswoman Susan Clary said his situation was “very serious”.

Diddley, whose real name is Ellas Bates, is credited as the founding father of rock n’ roll in the mid 1950s, with his syncopated ‘hambone’ beat adopted by modern acts The Who and U2.

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