Opera performer in fire-breathing mishap leaves hospital
CHICAGO – Chicago actor Wesley Daniel was released Thursday from Loyola University Medical Center, where he was treated for second-degree burns after catching fire during a Lyric Opera dress rehearsal earlier in the week.
“He’s had a really good last 24 hours,” Clifton Daniel, the actor’s father, said at a news conference at the Maywood hospital. “I think he just wants to be home and take it easy.”
Wesley Daniel, 24, was blowing fire while walking on stilts during a Monday afternoon dry run of “Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg.” The fire stunt went wrong, and Daniel became engulfed in flames before stagehands surrounded him with fire extinguishers.
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