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Stephen Fry was rushed to hospital after fall off stage at the O2

Stephen Fry was rushed to hospital with rib and leg injuries after falling off O2 stage and tumbling to the floor when he gave keynote speech at AI conference

  • The actor and broadcaster, 66, had been speaking at the CogX Festival

Stephen Fry was rushed to hospital after a horror fall at an AI and tech festival in London.

The actor and broadcaster, 66, had been speaking at the £495-ticket CogX Festival at The O2 when the accident happened.

It is understood Mr Fry had finished his talk and was exiting the stage when he tumbled six feet off the edge to the floor.

He sustained rib and leg injuries before he was taken to hospital for treatment. Agents for Mr Fry did not respond to a request for a comment.

A source told MailOnline: ‘It looked like it was too dark and there didn’t look like there was a handrail.

‘He fell two metres to the floor. He looked to have been hurt as he had to leave in a wheelchair.’

The accident happened on Thursday last week and it is not clear whether Mr Fry – beloved for his roles in Blackadder and hosting QI – is still in hospital.

He is usually a prolific poster on social media but has been silent since the accident.

The actor and broadcaster, 66, had been speaking at the CogX Festival at the O2 when the accident happened

It is understood Mr Fry had finished his talk and was exiting the stage when he tumbled six feet off the edge to the floor

This afternoon Greenwich Council said it had been alerted to the incident and was mulling over opening an investigation.

Separately organisers of the CogX Festival have launched their own enquiry into the fall.  

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A spokesperson for the event said: ‘We were deeply concerned to hear of Stephen’s accident after giving his inspirational speech on the impact of AI.

‘We are thinking of him and wishing him a swift recovery. We have opened our own enquiry and until then we are not able to share any further details.’

A spokesperson for the council added: ‘The Council has received an accident report following an event last week at the O2, and is considering whether any further investigations are needed.’ 

An attendee at the event Ben Boutcher-West said on Twitter after seeing the fall: ‘Thank you for the superb talk at CogX.

‘I hope you are ok also after a tumble.

‘Your talk was one of the best and made me think about my role a lot.’ 

The event was billed as featuring 500 speakers and ran over three days at the venue.

Mr Fry had delivered his talk this morning to huge applause on the final day of the festival

The actor and comedian, 66, recounted how he was jolted awake at 4.45am on Wednesday morning by hotel staff urging him to get to the basement shelter amid air raid alerts

It was advertised as having an audience of 90,000 and said the festival offered the chance to ‘Engage with the best in thought leadership from around the world’.

Mr Fry had delivered his talk this morning to huge applause.

He had been the first star on the final day of the festival, which had also featured former Diary of a CEO host Steven Bartlett. 

During his section on AI Mr Fry told the guests: ‘We have to choose whether we want to be Prometheus or Zeus.

‘The one thing we can agree on is that it’s a f***ing weird time to be alive.’

But as he was getting off the stage he somehow lost his footing and fell from it to the floor below.

Recently he had found himself scrambling for cover in a Kyiv air raid shelter during a Russian attack while he was visiting the Ukrainian capital for a conference on mental health. 

Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson in a Blackadder Goes Forth sketch broadcast on March 12, 1999 as part of the 1999 Red Nose Day Campaign

Stephen Fry attends the BFI London Film Festival Luminous Gala at The Londoner Hotel on September 29, 2022 in London

He had recounted how he was jolted awake at 4.45am by hotel staff urging him to get to the basement shelter amid air raid alerts sounding.

In posts online he told how he was quickly ushered into the shelter alongside other guests, whom he said were remarkably relaxed despite the imminent danger.

It was days after this visit he appeared at the The O2 to deliver his speech.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson would not confirm the identity of the man after the fall.

They told MailOnline: ‘We were called today at 11:31am to reports of an incident at the O2 Arena, in Peninsula Square.

‘We sent a medic in a fast-response car, an ambulance crew, and an incident response officer to the scene.

‘We treated a man for rib and leg injuries before taking him to hospital.’

In 2013 Mr Fry was left with injuries to his nose and forehead after falling out of bed.

The former QI host posted news of his mishap on Twitter and said he was left with ‘noble scars on forehead & bridge of nose’.

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