Bernie Tormé remains in intensive care and is now on a ventilator

Bernie Tormé (Image credit: Kevin Nixon/Metal Hammer)

The family of Bernie Tormé have told Classic Rock that there’s been no improvement in the guitarist’s health after he was rushed to hospital suffering from virulent pneumonia in both lungs.

He was taken to hospital earlier this week, where it was reported that he was “extremely ill” – and his family now report that last night, he was placed on a ventilator.

Their statement reads: “Whilst Bernie remains in great hands in hospital, there has been no improvement in his condition and last night he was placed on a ventilator. Bernie remains in intensive care. 

"Your continued thoughts, prayers and best wishes are most welcome.”

Tormé released his latest studio album Shadowland in November last year, but the family report that PledgeMusic – who say they’re working on a solution to address late payments to artists – still owe the guitarist £16,000, which was due to be sent to him in December.

The family say: “Bernie has paid for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to send Pledge items out to his fans out of his own pocket. He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians; drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album. 

“This has been a very stressful situation for Bernie, exacerbated by the lack of communication coming from Pledge and, despite their promises, no sign of coming through with any solution to clear up the mess they have created.”

We’ll keep you updated on Bernie’s condition.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.