Bono injured after Central Park bike accident: U2 frontman set to undergo surgery

The U2 frontman has since been left needing surgery for an injury to his arm – and cancelled the final leg of the band’s final Tonight Show appearance

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Just days after he ‘cheated death’ following an in-flight emergency over Germany, Bono has been forced to pull out of a scheduled TV appearance in New York after falling off his bike in Central Park on Sunday.

The U2 frontman has since been left needing surgery for an injury to his arm – and cancelled the final leg of the band’s weeklong Tonight Show appearances because of it.

“It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down,” a statement on the band’s official website read.

“Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it.”

“We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back!” it continued. “Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”

The incident is the latest in a string of near-misses for the singer, who narrowly avoided disaster when the door fell off the private jet he was travelling in last week, scattering his and his friends’ luggage somewhere over Germany.


The U2 musician was making a two-hour trip from Dublin to Berlin on board a Learjet 60 D-CGEO with four friends heading to the Bambi International Music awards when the accident apparently took place.

His bandmates Larry Mullen, the Edge and Adam Clayton were not on board, and were set to travel separately to the awards show last night.

Bono had flown ahead of them to attend a diplomatic event with Gerd Mueller, the German minister of economic cooperation and development.

“He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down” a source is quoted in the Irish Daily Mail as saying.

“About an hour into the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane.

“They were startled for a bit but they continued on and made the descent into Berlin airport.

“When they landed they were horrified to learn that the compartment at the rear of the plane had completely detached.

“The entire door along with Bono and his companions’ luggage had fallen out mid-air. They don’t know if the door and the contents landed over water or land but they were extremely lucky.

“They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive.”