Bad News: Mike Beatty of Alkari Suffered a Heart Attack Onstage Friday Night

mikebeatty1Hey, all — in case some folks haven’t yet heard, I wanted to pass along some bad (although not as bad as it could be) news. This past Friday night, while playing with his band Alkari up at Fitzgerald’s, guitarist/singer Mike Beatty had a heart attack.

He reportedly collapsed during the second song in the band’s set, and thankfully, there happened to be two nurses in the audience who were able to give him CPR until help arrived. Mike’s Alkari bandmate Jason Smith, has been keeping us updated as to how he’s doing, and the good news is that he’s now conscious after being out most of yesterday, and is seemingly on the mend. The doctors say there doesn’t appear to have been any bleeding in his brain, which is encouraging, and his family says he’s “awake and alert.”

For those who don’t know him, Mike’s a great guy, always happy to hang out and chat even when other stuff’s going on all around; even when we butt heads (mostly over political stuff), he’s still a cool dude, ready to laugh it off a minute later. I’m still pretty stunned to see him struck down like this — it seems pretty unreal.

Of course, everybody here at SCR HQ is thinking about Mike, his family, and his bandmates, and we’ll be hoping & praying Mike has a quick recovery. Hang in there, man — we need you around here for a good long while yet, alright?

(Photo by Jason Smith.)

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4 Responses to “Bad News: Mike Beatty of Alkari Suffered a Heart Attack Onstage Friday Night”

  1. Dean on March 2nd, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you for posting this update – I was at the show Friday and I’ve been really worried about him. I ran into Jason last night and it was a relief to get an update. I dont know Mike, but this is a truly a frightening thing to experience for everyone, and I’m glad that he’s still with us.

  2. Jeremy Hart on March 2nd, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    No problem, definitely; we’d been waiting anxiously to hear how we was doing today, as well. That had to be a terrifying thing to see… :(

  3. Sergio on March 3rd, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    All of us from A Sundae Drive are wishing Mike a full and healthy recovery. Prayers all around! Get well soon Mike!!

  4. Jillian on March 5th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I am so glad that Mike is doing better and truly thankful for those who were able to revive him. Mike is an awesome guy and is always smiling! Definitely can’t wait til he gets better and back to normal.

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