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Darlene Love (pictured), whose 1960’s mega hits “He’s a Rebel,” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” won her worldwide acclaim, suffered a heart attack before her performance at Tim McLoone’s in Asbury Park, N.J., according to WCBS-FM 101.1.

The 71-year-old songstress began experiencing stomach pains and acid reflux before stepping on stage. Not thinking the source of the pain was as serious as it actually was, Love’s husband, Alton, gave her an aspirin and she completed her performance.

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The following day, Love experienced stomach aches, loss of appetite and malaise. It was at this point that she knew something was seriously wrong, so Alton rushed her to the hospital.

Doctors broke the shocking news to Love that she had indeed suffered a heart attack.  Alton saved her life by rushing her to the hospital. Had Love remained at home and simply taken another aspirin, the end results could have been deadly.

She was taken aback that the only symptoms of the heart attack she experienced were reflux and stomach aches. Though heart disease is the number one killer of women, they often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The organization also states that many women find it surprising that they can experience a heart attack, as in Love’s case, and not know it.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who is known for portraying actor Danny Glover’s on-screen wife in all of the “Lethal Weapon” films, was released from the hospital on Wednesday, a day before her birthday.

“I’m home and doing fine. They [doctors] told me I’d be fine in a couple of days. I can go back to my regular routine,” she told WCBS-FM 101.1.

As a matter of fact, Love is looking forward to performing on August 6 at a sold-out concert in New York City.

Happy belated birthday Darlene and we wish you health!

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