First, the crocodile hunter news and now Greg the Wiggle. How do I explain this
one to my son? Yes, the Gross family are Wiggle fans and the emails have been
coming in today with this news.
The Wiggles’lead singer to stop performing
Greg Page suffers chronic condition that causes dizziness, fatigue
Updated: 9:01 a.m. ET Nov 30, 2006
SYDNEY, Australia – The lead singer of the hugely popular children’s
group The Wiggles announced Thursday he will stop performing after being diagnosed
with a chronic condition that causes dizziness, fatigue and nausea.
In a video-recorded statement, Greg Page said a little-understood disorder
called orthostatic intolerance had left him debilitated.
“It’s not a life-threatening condition by any means, but it is
one that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life,”said Page,
34, who is known for his bright yellow T-shirt. “It means that I’ll
no longer be able to sing and dance as I want to, and as a result I’ve
decided to stop performing with The Wiggles.”
Page, who helped found The Wiggles in 1991, handed his yellow T-shirt over
to his understudy, Sam Moran, who has been performing with the group for more
than a decade as a backup singer and dancer.
“I’ll miss being a part of The Wiggles very much, but this is
the right decision because it will allow me to focus on managing my health,”Page
Page has been battling health troubles since undergoing a double hernia operation
last December. He withdrew from the group’s U.S. tour in June after
suffering repeated fainting spells and bouts of lethargy.
His fellow band members said they were sad and disappointed by the news at
a media conference in the western city of Perth, where they were set to launch
an Australian tour.
“It’s very surreal that Greg’s not going to be with us,
very sad,”said Blue Wiggle Anthony Field. “I know Greg loved doing
the shows, it’s just that he can’t physically do it anymore.”
However, Red Wiggle Murray Cook said he didn’t think too many kids would
notice the change.
“Children tend to center on one thing so if he’s wearing the yellow
skivvy (shirt), he’s got black hair —he’s pretty much Greg,”he
Field, Page and Cook met while studying early childhood education at Sydney’s
They enlisted their fourth member, Purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt, and The Wiggles
The group was rated by weekly business magazine, BRW, as Australia’s
top-earning entertainer last year, ahead of actors Nicole Kidman and Russell
Crowe. The four men in brightly colored T-shirts, accompanied by a cast of
characters including Dorothy the Dinosaur and Wags the Dog, grossed $39 million
The group has franchised its enormously popular recipe to several non-English
speaking countries, including Taiwan.
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