Pop Singer Jewel Thrown From Horse
Pop singer Jewel was injured when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray, the co-president of her record label said Wednesday.
Jewel, 27, broke her collarbone, her first rib and suffered bumps and bruises, Ron Shapiro, co-president at Atlantic Records, told The Associated Press.
Shapiro said the platinum-selling singer was vacationing at her boyfriend’s ranch, about 90 miles southwest of Dallas, when she was thrown from the colt Wednesday.
“They’ve confirmed to me that nothing was life-threatening,” Shapiro said. “But she is badly hurt.”
An ambulance was not called, he said. Murray drove the star to his orthopedic surgeon for treatment. She will not be hospitalized, but will need to wear a collar and a sling for at least four weeks, said Shapiro.
Because of the accident, Jewel will have to cancel her promotional tour for her latest disc, “This Way.” A European tour that was to have started May 10 in Italy is in doubt, but she should be able to go on with her U.S. tour, which is due to begin June 14 in Tampa, Fla.
Shapiro said he wasn’t sure what caused the accident, but said the singer, whose full name is Jewel Kilcher, was an experienced horse rider.
“I think it was a freak accident. She does ride horses very frequently,” he said.
Only last month, singer Lyle Lovett was seriously hurt when he was trampled by a bull at his uncle’s farm in Texas. He will require months of rehabilitation to repair his broken right leg.
“This Way” is Jewel’s third disc. The singer has also written two books, including 1998’s “A Night Without Armor: Poems.” She made her acting debut in Ang Lee’s “Ride With the Devil” in 1999.
Murray is seven-time winner of rodeo’s all-around world title.