ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Drake White, a musician who had a medical emergency while performing in Roanoke, is revealing a secret health battle he's been facing since January.
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White was performing his opening act for Scotty McCreery on Friday, August 16 at Elmwood Park when he nearly collapsed on stage.
A band member came rushing over to White to catch him before he fell.
White was taken to the hospital, but many were left wondering what exactly happened to the 35-year-old musician from Alabama.
The "Livin' the Dream" singer revealed to PEOPLE that he was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins in the brain that disrupts normal blood flow.
"It was basically stealing blood from my brain,” White told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview in July, just weeks before his onstage scare. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time, because it could have caused a stroke.”
White told PEOPLE that he's been undergoing a series of embolization procedures to cut off blood flow to the affected vessels - the last just four days before he came close to collapsing at Elmwood Park.
Though it is still unclear if his near-fall was directly related to that procedure or his condition, the musician had already decided that it was time to share the details of the grueling medical journey he's been on since the beginning of the year.
“I’m not telling this story for me,” White told PEOPLE last month. “Someone needs to hear it and God wants me to share it. It will help people believe in miracles, and I will feel that energy. The world needs that kind of energy right now.”