Replacements' Slim Dunlap Hospitalized After Stroke
Slim Dunlap, a former guitarist in influential rock band the Replacements and a fixture in the Twin Cities music scene, suffered a debilitating stroke on Monday morning. The 60-year-old was admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Minneapolis' Hennepin County Medical Center subsequent to a "right middle cerebral artery stroke," according to the Star Tribune.
"He then fell and hit his head, resulting in a left vertebral artery dissection and a right subarachnoid hemorrhage," Dunlap's wife Chrissie wrote on her Facebook page.
"The good news is that he is sharp and aware, his speech is fine, and all of the nurses and doctors have commented on his unique sense of humor," she wrote. "The bad news is that he cannot move the right side of his body and will be in for some serious rehab. They will be giving him more tests tomorrow to determine the extent of the damage. I will try to post updates as we learn more."
Dunlap replaced guitarist Bob Stinson, who left in 1987 following problems with addiction and a power struggle with singer Paul Westerberg. Dunlap remained with the group until their breakup in 1991 and went on to release two solo albums, 1993's 'The Old New Me' and 1996's 'Time Like This.'
"He is resting comfortably tonight and there is no news," Chrissie wrote late on Monday. "It will be a long and difficult recovery and we do not know how long, or how much he will recover. Thank you for your love and concern."
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