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Country Singer Drake White Confirms He's Been Battling AVM, A Debilitating Brain Condition: "It Was Basically Stealing Blood From My Brain"

Date August 22, 2019 12:43

On August 15, Drake White was performing at Elmwood Park’s amphitheater in Roanoke, Virginia when he almost collapsed out of the blue sky. One of his bandmates was nimble to catch him and help him avoid a terrible fall.

The country singer was then rushed to a local hospital. Since White felt a bit upset to cut the concert short that night, he wrote an apologetic message to his audience that sent him well wishes and support in return.

Now, the cards are on the table. In an exclusive interview for PEOPLE, the Simple Life hitmaker revealed he had been battling a secret health scare since January 2019. He was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins in the brain that disrupts normal blood flow.

He added:

It was basically stealing blood from my brain. The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time because it could have caused a stroke.

Since the day of the diagnosis, the Livin' the Dream singer has been undergoing numerous embolization procedures to cut off blood flow to the affected vessels. The last session ended four days before he came close to collapsing on the stage.

The 35-year-old decided to share his journey after months of keeping it under the rug.

I’m not telling this story for me. Someone needs to hear it and God wants me to share it. It will help people believe in miracles, and I will feel that energy. The world needs that kind of energy right now.

People took social media to support the country musician

Drake White's health scare started with an intense headache which didn't want to go away. Thank God, he immediately went to an emergency room which prevented him from serious damage.