News

Fans farewell country singer who died doing what he loved

MUSIC MAN: Country music fans have paid tribute to Viv Kehl, pictured with wife Shirley.
MUSIC MAN: Country music fans have paid tribute to Viv Kehl, pictured with wife Shirley. Barclay White

SHOCKED country music fans took matters into their own hands to attempt to revive a musician who suffered a fatal heart attack at a Rosewood event on Sunday.

Murgon singer Viv Kehl collapsed while performing on stage at the Country Revival Show at the Royal George Hotel and died after he was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

A member of the 70-strong crowd attempted CPR until staff from the nearby IGA store arrived with a defibrillator purchased through community charity efforts.

Onlookers who said several emergency calls were made before an ambulance attended were critical of the response time with the Rosewood Ambulance Station located two blocks down the same street.

However QAS West Moreton acting chief superintendent Drew Hebbron said the first ambulance was on the scene in seven minutes with two further crews attending the incident. Mr Hebbron praised the community for their quick reaction in helping the man before crews arrived.

He said while the Rosewood Station was manned from 7am to 5pm Sundays, crews were mobile and the station's proximity to the case was not an issue.

Local musicians yesterday paid tribute to Mr Kehl, who had travelled from Murgon with his wife Shirley to perform at country music shows in the area.

Country Revival Show organiser Bill Yarrow said local country music fans were distressed by the incident but it was a comforting thought that Mr Kehl was enjoying being on the road performing.

"It's a sad occasion and our thoughts are with his wife and family but the man died doing the thing he loved doing, playing music," he said.



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Business owner, 71, hunts down graffiti artists

Graffiti damage at Barry Mills' business.

They saw three men spray tags on the Ipswich property

Inspirational swimmers conquer personal setbacks

NATIONAL PROSPECTS: CYMS St Edmund's swimmers Jordan Harton and Trae Norbury have been selected in a 2020 Tokyo Paralympics development squad.

St Edmund's duo invited to national camp

Two in hospital after crash - at hospital

Reports driver may have blacked out before collision

Local Partners

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!