We reported late last month Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered heart-related issues, requiring hospitalization. On the road to recovery, he talked out about what happened and just how serious the issue was.
Speaking to Fox News last night, Faulkner recalled the horrifying experience as he watched what happened to him. “As I watch footage from the ‘Louder Than Life Festival’ in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing Painkiller as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity.”
Delving into more details, Faulkner reports he suffered an “aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.” Additionally, doctors told him most that contract it “don’t make it to the hospital alive.” Requiring a 10 and a half-hour open-heart surgery, he pulled through.
After the surgery, he also learned surgeons replaced several parts of his chest. “Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components. I’m literally made of metal now.”
Reflecting on his almost-fatal incident, Faulkner pondered if he would have been so lucky in another situation. The band played a shortened set at the festival which naturally filled the guitarist with adrenaline. He wondered aloud to Fox News if the high-octane situation helped keep him alive on his way to the hospital.
Richie Faulkner concluded his statement by saying he had no history of heart-related problems. He then pleads to people to regularly receive checkups. “One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc.,” he explained. “My point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me. If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please.”
Former Judas Priest Dummer John Hinch Passed Away This Year
Though Richie Faulkner luckily survived his encounter, a former Judas Priest member wasn’t so lucky. Earlier this year, previous band drummer John Hinch passed away at 73 years old.
Hinch reportedly fell ill on April 29 and died the next day. Around during the early days of Judas Priest, Hinch went on to pursue a career in management and occasionally worked with other musicians. Receiving numerous tributes, an especially heartfelt one came from former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing.
“I am extremely saddened to hear that John has passed away as he played his part so well in the creation and the history of Judas Priest,” Downing began. He then praised Hinch’s abilities and dedication. “The fact that he continued to play to his very last day is testimony to his ability and dedication to his love of the drums. I wish to give my sincere condolences to John’s family and loved ones from myself and all of you forever. Rest in peace, John.”