Mick Jagger’s brother Chris has revealed the rock legend could have died but for a routine check up flagging a heart defect.
It was shown on the scanner when the 75-year-old went for a check up which led to him being hospitalised and having heart valve replacement surgery.
Chris, 71, told The Sunday People that his brother ‘is doing OK’ after Mick himself revealed in a tweet that he is ‘feeling much better’ and is ‘on the mend.’
His brother likened the scare to the death of The Clash front man Joe Strummer.
Chris, pictured performing with his band, told The Sunday People that his brother ‘is doing OK’
He told The People that he has spoken to his brother and that he’s ‘good’.
He added: ‘It happened to Joe. He came back from walking the dogs and his wife found him collapsed on the sofa. He had this valve problem. His father died with it. It was hereditary. ‘
The 71-year-old added that ‘when you get to a certain age’ doctors want to do all sorts of check ups.
‘You get to 70, you have got to be careful,’ he added.
The defect was shown on scanner when the 75-year-old went for a routine check up
He revealed that he ‘had a few health issues’ himself before adding that at least his superstar brother ‘hasn’t got to wait in line for the NHS.’
After the shock news last week, The Rolling Stones had to cancel their US tour and his brother hopes that Mick will slow down, ‘touring is a pressure,’ Chris said.
The 75-year-old said on Friday in a tweet: ‘Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend – and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job.’
He shared the same message on his Instagram account.
Mick Jagger’s brother likened the scare to the death of The Clash front man Joe Strummer
Jagger is believed to recovering at New York-Presbyterian hospital, with nurses monitoring him closely for any signs of complications, Billboard reports.
The procedure he had did not require doctors to open his chest. Instead, they used a catheter to access a major artery and repair the damaged valve.
Jagger will need significant rest after completing the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), sources say.
Jagger said he was ‘devastated’ for having to postpone the tour.