Stephen Fry rushed to hospital after falling off stage while giving a speech


British actor Stephen Fry was rushed to hospital after falling off a stage in London and tumbling to the floor.

The broadcaster and comedian, who has starred in two Hobbit films as well as countless TV shows, is due to present Channel 9’s new game show Jeopardy! next year.

The 66-year-old was giving a speech at an AI and tech festival on Thursday, at the O2 Arena in Greenwich in east London, when the accident happened.

Fry, 66, was exiting the stage at the CogX Festival when he tumbled two metres

to the floor, The Sun reported.

He sustained rib and leg injuries before being taken to hospital.

It is not clear whether the host of game show QI, which is broadcast on the ABC, is still in hospital.

A source told the Daily Mail Fry was taken away in a wheelchair.

They added: “It looked like it was too dark and there didn’t look like there was a handrail.

“He fell two metres to the floor”.

In a statement, the London Ambulance Service said: “We were called today at 11:31am to reports of an incident at the O2 Arena, in Peninsula Square”.

“We sent a medic in a fast-response car, an ambulance crew, and an incident response officer to the scene.

“We treated a man for rib and leg injuries before taking him to hospital.”

The CogX Festival has since launched an inquiry into the fall.

A spokesman said: “We were deeply concerned to hear of Stephen’s accident after giving his inspirational speech on the impact of AI”.

“We are thinking of him and wishing him a swift recovery.

“We have opened our own inquiry and until then we are not able to share any further details.”

Greenwich Council are also looking into the incident and are carrying out an investigation.

One person who paid to attend said on X/Twitter after: “Thank you for the superb talk at CogX. I hope you are OK also after a tumble”.

The event had over 500 speakers and ran over three days. It’s understood around 90,000 guests attended.

The story appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.


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