Little Freddie King injured after bicycle accident, recovering at home

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Little Freddie King at French Quarter Fest 2012. - PHOTO BY DEREK BRIDGES/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY DEREK BRIDGES/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Little Freddie King at French Quarter Fest 2012.

Blues guitarist Little Freddie King has returned home from a weeklong stay at University Medical Center following a recent bicycle accident. The 77-year-old musician injured his spine and neck after hitting road debris, flipping over his handlebars, and landing on his head while riding his bike on Poland Avenue. He was wearing a helmet.

King is "glad to get out of the hospital" after six days, says King's drummer and manager "Wacko" Wade Wright.

"He is feeling much better and needs to regain his strength," Wright said in an email to Gambit. After seven days, doctors will "evaluate if surgery is still required. He rejected surgery, and wanted to go home. So that's what we did, however we did agree to return in [seven] days for an update on condition."

Last night, King wrote on Facebook to thank family, friends and fans for wishing him well in his recovery — and to address bike and street safety in New Orleans:
I want to thank my family, my friends and all my super blues fans for keeping me in their prays, and sending best wishes. I salute you. I will be going home tomorrow, thought it was today, but things happen to change it.

I need a little time to see if I can work thru this and recover. I feel I can, but I will be afraid to get on my two wheel Cadillac after that slap down. Comment: The streets of New Orleans are NOT SAFE for bike riding, no matter how many "bike path" logos and white strips they paint on asphalt. Sooner or later, the [mine] field of "potholes" will eat up your skinny tire, or the big black garbage cans lying in the street that cause you to swerve into traffic, or the piles of building debris people like to throw into the street along the curb will bring you down. I can attest. If I didn't have my HELMET on, my brains would still be on Poland Ave. Be safe bikers, this ain't California.
"You can't kill da King," Wright told Gambit. "Maybe beat him up a little, but he will jump back up."


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