Sparrow fighting … conscious and responsive in NYC hospital – updates

Sparrow released from hospital

Trinidad Express

Press Release: Oct 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM ECT

The Mighty SparrowThe Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco, has been released from hospital and he is now recovering in a special therapy facility.

This according to a press release sent out yesterday on behalf of Margaret Francisco, wife of the internationally renowned calypsonian. Sparrow was hospitalised last month in the US where he remains after falling into a coma.

The release said Sparrow continues to improve daily and will now undergo physical strengthening and other medical procedures to improve his overall well-being.

“We wish to place on record our profound appreciation for the continued outpouring of best wishes, prayers and support from the public for the complete recovery of the Mighty Sparrow. We also wish to express our sincere thanks to the hospital doctors and staff for the professional performance of their duties and the loving care and attention they exhibited. We will continue to issue updates as significant items relating to his progress comes to hand,” the press release said.

Condition of the Mighty Sparrow improves

Family statement: world’s calypso monarch “is alert and attempting to communicate” in New York City Hospital
by Tony Best  Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 1:49 pm

The Mighty Sparrow, the soca and calypso monarch, whose music has been a joy to millions of lovers of Caribbean music, is showing significant signs of recovery.
That’s according to his daughter, Gina-Lorain Francisco, who told the Carib News yesterday (Tuesday)  that the music icon whose hit tunes beginning in the 1950s have brought smiles to the faces of lovers of Caribbean music every year for more than half of a century, is “responding well to treatment” after lapsing into a coma in New York City.
“As each day passes, we continue to see improvement in his condition,” said his daughter. “He is alert and attempting to communicate. While we do see progress, his condition still requires that the staff remains quite attentive to his care. We are thankful to the nursing staff that has shown compassion and concern, and we are grateful for all your prayers and expressions of love. We ask if you would continue to pray for his complete recovery.”  [Read more]

UPDATE – September 23, 2013

Hopes surge for Sparrow on the mend

 Story Updated: Sep 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM ECT – Trinidad Express

SENTIMENTS of relief surged internationally following the (authorised) announcement that the Mighty Sparrow, born Slinger Francisco, had emerged from a coma in the New York hospital where he has been treated. For two weeks before, a decline in his condition had been marked by false alarms and distressingly exaggerated reports.  [Read more]

Family: Sparrow now conscious and responsive

…He is being monitored and we are hopeful that he will continue to progress further.

By Multimedia Desk

Story Updated: Sep 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM ECT – Trinidad Express Newspaper

The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) is now conscious and responsive, according to a press statement from his family today.  The statement reads:

To all concerned,

We are pleased to inform the fans of the Dr. Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, and the population at large that he is conscious and responsive. He is being monitored and we are hopeful that he will continue to progress further. We are specially grateful to the doctors and nurses for their professional and attentive caring for him. We also wish to express our profound appreciation for the prayers and outpouring of well wishes from all concerned and will issue further updates as it becomes necessary.

Margaret Francisco
On behalf of his family     [Read more]


Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas pays tribute to Sparrow – prays for his recovery

Story Updated: Sep 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM ECT    By By Michelle Loubon

Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas paid tribute to ailing calypso legend Slinger Francisco (Mighty Sparrow) during his budget presentation at the Parliament Chamber in Port of Spain on Friday< September 13.  He also spoke about the importance of archiving creative works like calypso music.

Douglas said: “We want to pay tribute and keep our prayers going for Mighty Sparrow. He is going through a difficult time right now. Sparrow, Beginner and Atilla the Hun were touring the world way back when.”  [Read more]

T&T’s New York Consulate confirms Sparrow is alive

Posted By Stabroek editor On September 12, 2013 @

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad and Tobago’s Consulate General in New York has today issued a press release stating that calypso icon Sparrow is alive.  [Read more]

Song: “SPARROW DEAD”:  In recent years, legendary calypsonian The Mighty Sparrow had been opening concerts with this song. Why? Because there was yet another rumor of his untimely passing. 

Sparrow fighting ….. in coma at NYC hospital  

Story Updated: Sep 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM ECT  –  Trinidad Express

The Mighty Sparrow

LEGENDARY calypsonian The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) is currently hospitalised in Queen’s, New York, USA where he remains in a coma, having been admitted last week.

His family issued a statement yesterday confirming this and asking that his fans pray for him while respecting the family’s privacy.

They have since refused to give any additional information to the media here or in New York, although a member of Sparrow’s family said on an internet radio station: “On a scale of one to ten he is at four.”

The statement from Sparrow’s family read: “The family of Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, is sad to announce that the Calypso King Of The World is in a New York hospital in a coma.

“The family is asking fans and the people of Trinidad and Tobago to pray for him and to respect their privacy. An update on his progress will be announced.”

It was signed by his wife, Margaret Francisco.

Sparrow has been having health challenges for the past three years, including having to undergo surgery in 2010 to treat an incarcerated right inguinal hernia that had caused him to cut short performances in Trinidad and in the United States because of excruciating pain while on stage.

He has been hospitalised for complications caused by diabetes more than once since.

The Calypso King of the World has continued to perform, sometimes needing to sing while seated, but always delivering pleasing performances.

One of his most recent shows was on August 5 at the MLK Summer Concert Series hosted by Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, at Wingate Park in Brooklyn.

Sparrow was also in Trinidad and Tobago in July when he performed at the Mas Camp Pub, Woodbrook alongside Black Stalin.

Sparrow sang for more than an hour, delivering an energetic performance that reminded patrons of the entertainer they have loved for decades.

The Mighty Sparrow Official Website:

Guyanese Online entries below:

The Mighty Sparrow – 100 songs and videos – continuous play

Blogged on October 10, 2012 – 1:09 pm

Here they are  – by special request of our readers – a collection of songs and videos by the Mighty Sparrow – The Greatest Calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago. Mighty Sparrow – 100 songs-videos – continuous play

Fall can’t stop Sparrow – at Trinidad’s 50th anniversary

Fall can’t stop Sparrow Stabroek – September 24, 2012 (Trinidad Express) The man who will always be known as the  the Mighty Sparrow, received a standing ovation when he came on to the stage at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), in Port of Spain on Saturday evening, September 21, 2012. But the […]

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  • Cliff Thomas  On 09/10/2013 at 4:02 pm

    Sparrow is the best Calypsoian in the world. I wish him a very quick recovery.

  • Deen  On 09/10/2013 at 4:59 pm

    He is indeed the Calypso King. He has been singing and performing for over fifty years since I was a kid. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

  • regalq  On 09/11/2013 at 4:47 am

    Sparrow is the King of calypso may god be with him and is family,,i know the sorrow and grief that lingers for ever

  • Ron Saywack.  On 09/11/2013 at 7:26 pm

    Sparrow is one the greatest singers in the history of the man!

  • guyaneseonline  On 09/17/2013 at 10:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:

    This is the latest Update on the Mighty Sparrow – September 17, 2013.

  • nelson  On 09/21/2013 at 4:12 pm


  • Yvonne Thomas  On 09/23/2013 at 5:18 pm

    I met THE MIGHTY SPARROW one day at JFK airport and he was looking me and I said to him you look like someone I should know, he said yes SPARROW I was surprised to see him in the airport so down to earth with everyone including me. I ask him for his autograph and he gladly gave it to me and I must say what a beautiful penmanship he has. God speed Sparrow. You’ve a long time to go .

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