Gorillaz’s Rep Dismisses Simonon Stroke Reports

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December 13, 2010 | 9:15pm EST

A representative for the Gorillaz has denied reports former The Clash bassist Paul Simonon has been hospitalized for a stroke while on tour with the band in Australia.
On Monday, news outlets Down Under claimed the veteran rocker had been admitted to hospital after suffering the attack, three days before he was due to hit the stage with Damon Albarn’s animated group in Sydney.

But a Gorillaz spokesperson has shot down the rumors, insisting 54-year-old Simonon is “fine” and the reports are false.

He is expected to join the Clint Eastwood hitmakers as scheduled at their next gig at the Sydney Entertainment Center on Thursday, reports NME.com.