Originally created 11/26/03

Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in London hospital

LONDON -- Rock star Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, his record label said Tuesday.

He had a catheter ablation - a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat - on Friday at the Wellington Hospital in St. John's Wood, London, and left on Saturday, his U.K. record label Mercury said.

The 52-year-old star collapsed Nov. 17 as he performed at London's Wembley Arena and was taken to Northwick Park Hospital to recover from exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection. Subsequent tests showed he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition which causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to dizziness and fainting, his record label said.

A Wellington Hospital spokesman had previously said that the musician - whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday - underwent an unspecified procedure there.

Mercury said Meat Loaf was recovering in London and would undergo further tests later this week, after which more details of his condition and tour plans would be released.

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