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Ronan Keating on Keith Duffy illness: He took a downward spiral before gig

The Boyzone star was forced to miss a gig after becoming ill before the band's show in Bangkok on Thursday.

Ronan Keating has said Keith Duffy went on a “downward spiral” before being taken to hospital ahead of a Boyzone gig in Thailand.

Duffy was unable to perform at the show in Bangkok on Thursday night, and Keating has said he is unsure whether his co-star will be able to travel to Australia to join them for their next concert on Saturday.

Keating said Duffy, 44, has undergone blood tests but that they do not yet know the cause of his illness, speculating that it could have been food poisoning.

A statement from the band on Thursday said Duffy had been taken to hospital “on the advice of the local medical team”.

Keating told Magic Breakfast that he and Boyzone bandmates Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham had to leave Duffy in hospital to fly to Australia, but that his wife Lisa is with him.

“He took ill before the show, he just went on a downward spiral,” he said.

“He came to the gig, he had a massive, really high temperature, the doctors arrived at the gig and they said it wasn’t possible for him to go on in the state he was in.

“We really don’t know – we assumed it was food poisoning or something like that – but we don’t know, there may be something else going on. We’re waiting to hear back on the blood tests and whether or not he can travel.”

Keating added: “So we’re hoping he can be on a plane tonight in Thailand and be here for the show tomorrow, fingers crossed.”

The Irish boyband, who are on their farewell tour to mark their 25th anniversary, are scheduled to perform in Perth on Saturday.

Keating said he hopes that Duffy will be “right” for their Adelaide show next Tuesday if he cannot make the Perth concert.

Boyzone in concert – Belfast
Boyzone (Niall Carson/PA)

Asked about the Bangkok gig without Duffy, Keating said it was “hilarious”.

He said: “We had considered certain things, but not others. I had to take some of Keith’s vocals and I didn’t know the words.

“It was in When The Going Gets Tough, and I had no idea, no clue whatsoever.

“I just looked at Shane and handed the mic out to the audience and hoped that they’d sing along.”

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