Garrison Keillor suffers brain seizure, still plans to perform this weekend

Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor in his office in St. Paul in July 2015.
Euan Kerr | MPR News

Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion," suffered a brain seizure over Memorial Day weekend, but says he'll still perform this weekend.

In a post on his Facebook page, Keillor revealed he had the seizure last weekend in Virginia, where he performed two shows. A spokesman said Keillor performed those shows after the seizure.

He was treated in a local emergency room and then traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for further tests, the post said.

He wrote that the Mayo visit left him feeling fortunate. He saw an MRI scan that showed damage caused by a previous stroke near the language centers of his brain.

Keillor said a doctor prescribed an anticonvulsant that makes him feel lethargic. However, he intends to perform the remaining five shows in this season before he steps down as host.

A Prairie Home representative said Keillor was en route to this weekend's show in Atlanta.

Correction (June 3, 2016): An earlier version of this story suggested that Keillor had experienced his seizure after performing his Virginia shows.

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