Published Jun 15, 2009Iconic Kiwi pop hero Chris Knox has suffered a stroke, according to various Australian media reports. The incident occurred Thursday (June 11), and while initial stories said 56-year-old Knox, of Flying Nun/Tall Dwarfs/Toy Love/the Nothing fame, may never be able to walk or talk again, a report today from the Otago Daily Times [via the Daily Swarm] writes that such a prognosis may be premature.
Already, the newspaper reports that the musician/producer is showing signs of his former self, according to friends, with Knox currently being in stable condition after doctors took action to relieve pressure on his skull.
Knox's friends and family have started a blog where fans can follow Knox's progress and hopefully his road to recovery.
Here is today's post from Knox's family contact Roy Martyn:
"We have been overwhelmed by the level of support for Chris from around the world since his stroke. We'd like to express our thanks to everyone who has helped or wished us well in the last few days.
"Like many other families who are currently experiencing a similar change to their lives we are learning a great deal about strokes and their long-term effects. We have learned that it is too early to predict the ramifications of a stroke with any degree of accuracy. However, positive anecdotes have been flooding in which fill us all with hope.
"Chris is not in pain and is responsive to family and friends who are very optimistic and focused on Chris's well being. He enjoyed his vegetable frittata this morning but I suffered the classic Knox withering look when I mentioned beer.
"As the situation becomes clearer to us we will happily inform those who wish to know.
"We have created a site at chrisknox.blogtown.co.nz for this purpose. We aim to keep this site as current as possible."