Fans of the rock band Bodyslam were shocked to hear its popular lead singer Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai was receiving treatment in hospital for a neck problem on Sunday evening.
Toon was sent to Bangkok’s Phramongkutklao Hospital after suffering a bulging disc in his cervical vertebrae.
The 41-year-old rock star created history last year when his epic, 55-day run across the country raised Bt1.2 billion for cash-strapped public hospitals. Cervical herniated disc is a recognised condition among athletes, though it is not known whether Toon sustained the injury through running.
A nephew of Aed Carabao, Toon founded Bodyslam with Thanadol Changsawek and Nathaphol Phannachet in 2002. The band have released seven hit albums so far, mostly under GMM Grammy.