Chevy Chase’s stage fall sparks health concerns

The renowned American comedian, Chevy Chase, recently grabbed international headlines after an unfortunate tumble from a stage in Buffalo, New York. This incident has sparked a flurry of online activity, with concerned fans and followers seeking updates on his condition. Chevy Chase, celebrated for his comedic genius, shot to fame as a member of the original cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL). His comic flair was further showcased in numerous 1980s comedy films, such as Caddyshack, Fletch, National Lampoon’s Vacation series, and Three Amigos. Chase also earned acclaim for his role as Pierce Hawthorne in the television series, Community.

His contributions to comedy have not gone unnoticed, earning him a host of awards and solidifying his influential role in American humour. However, the recent news of Chase’s stage fall has caused much concern among his fans and followers. The incident happened at the Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York, ahead of a talk about his 1989 movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Online platforms and news outlets, including TMZ, have been flooded with updates on the accident. A video posted by TMZ showed Chase entering the stage in a wheelchair amid roaring applause, then standing up and walking to the front of the stage, only to tumble off soon after. Assisted back onto the stage, Chase was then helped to his seat by his wife, Jayni Chase, for the scheduled talk.

Health concerns for Chevy Chase are not new. In March 2021, he spent five weeks in hospital due to undisclosed heart conditions, returning home to Westchester, New York, for recovery. A subsequent interview with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Jim Axelrod confirmed that Chase had experienced near-fatal heart failure. Though the precise details of his health issues remain obscure, it is known that these were heart-related.

As of 2023, Chase’s health appears stable, with no current health issues reported. In a candid reveal about his health post the 2021 heart concerns, Chase humorously remarked, “Oh, we removed it,” referring to his heart, adding, “Didn’t need it. It’s much better now.” Following his hospital stay, Chase admitted, “I was in the hospital for five weeks. A heart issue. So, for now, I’m around the house. Not going anywhere.” This suggests that Chase is in good health currently, with no recent health complications reported.

The recent stage accident has brought Chase’s health back into the spotlight, but it appears that the comedian is recovering well from the fall.