Rapper Tone Loc collapses on stage in Iowa

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 8:31 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rapper Tone Loc didn't want to be hospitalized after collapsing on stage during a weekend performance in Iowa.

Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert on a downtown Des Moines bridge. The concert ended abruptly while the 47-year-old was treated.

Police Sgt. Steve Woody told the Des Moines Register paramedics responded after Loc collapsed, but he refused to be taken to a hospital.

Loc's representative did not immediately respond to messages Sunday.

It wasn't the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola, Fla. Authorities said he had apparently overheated.

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