News headlines reported "Tone Loc collapses" as of Sunday, March 17. Rap star Tone Loc, famous for the hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" reportedly passed out on stage during a recent concert appearance.
A report on March 17 from EW.com indicates the 47-year-old hip hop star was performing a concert Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa, when he collapsed on stage. After he passed out, several people gathered around to attend to him, checking on his condition. After several minutes, fans were asked to leave the show.
The current condition of Tone Loc's health is unknown as of this report, as his reps weren't answering any calls or messages from EW, and Tone, real name Anthony T. Smith, was not listed as a public patient at any of the local hospitals in Des Moines. The bar which had sponsored his concert performance didn't answer their phone either, according to EW.
This isn't the first time he's collapsed either, as there's reports the rap star had a seizure during a 2009 Pensacola, Florida show, where he had overheated. Back in 1995, the rap star collapsed during a LA Lakers game, with no reason given for why he passed out. Two other well known rap stars have collapsed in recent times due to seizures: Rick Ross, and most recently, Lil Wayne.
Tone Loc's major claims to fame were the two songs mentioned, as well as his debut album "Loc-ed After Dark" which arrived back in 1989 on Delicious Vinyl. The album made it as high as the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard charts. His second album, "Cool Hand Loc" was released in 1991 and didn't have quite the same success, but made it to #46 on the U.S. R&B chart.