ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It was Friday night when singer Drake White nearly collapsed just minutes after the start of a concert in Roanoke’s Elmwood Park. Fans have only received limited updates since last week’s health scare, but White has now shared with People magazine that he suffers from arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The Mayo Clinic defines AVM as a “tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.”
In an interview with the magazine, White said he was diagnosed with AVM in January.
“It was basically stealing blood from my brain,” White told People. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time, because it could have caused a stroke.”
He adds that he began treatment for his AVM several months ago and had his latest procedure, called an embolization, just days before suffering an episode at Friday’s concert in Roanoke. Embolization is a procedure that cuts off blood flow to the abnormal blood vessels.
White told People that treatments would continue until the impacted blood vessels – which his neurologist referred to as a “mass” – have been starved of blood flow.
On Twitter Wednesday, White said he and his wife Alex were “overwhelmed.”
“Alex and I are still overwhelmed by your vibes and prayers, and, for now, I’m gonna keep resting so I can come back stronger than ever,” he tweeted. “Much love.”