Madina Lake bassist in critical condition after assault

Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone is in critical condition after being assaulted after coming to the aid of a woman who was being beaten by her husband in the middle of the street. His brother Nathan, lead vocalist of Madina Lake, has posted the following blog.

I’m afraid I have some of the worst news that has ever hit our lives.  It’s almost impossible to even type this update.

A few nights ago, Matthew walked from my apt. a block and a half down the street to meet a friend for a drink.  Half way there he saw a man severely beating his wife. Being the most amazing, strong, heroic and incredible person I know, even though the guy was twice his size, Matthew intervened.  He managed to subdue this guy for a second and since his wife was beat up pretty good called the cops, as he did so the guy jumped him from behind and beat him.  This guy did things I can’t even type.  After words, he and his beaten wife left Matthew unconscious on the street.

Matthew is in the hospital with a third of his skull removed as we wait for the swelling in his brain to go down. I’d rather not share any additional information at this time besides the fact that he acted as a hero (as he always would in any of these situations) and is paying a horrific price.

Pease send all your love and good energy and vibrations to him.  I’ve been and will be next to him throughout the entire recovery process.  We don’t know enough yet details about how that will develop  but it has shocked, stunned, disgusted our best friends, family and band (which are both).  The world can be evil beyond belief and as much as we want this evil eliminated, right now our hearts heads and energies need to go to my best friend, soul mate, hero, and angel, Matthew.

Love you all and will be in touch as soon as I can muster up the emotional energy to reach out again.  Please, be safe and peaceful as we get through this impossible time.


Nathan has also spoke to MTV since his blog post with the following update:

“I’ve been there for about 72 hours, next to him, constantly, and I basically just took an hour to go home and take a shower. I’m going back [to the hospital] now,” Nathan said. “[Matthew] had all kinds of injuries, and his brain was swelling, so doctors had to remove part of his skull and put it on ice while we wait for the swelling to stop and the hematoma to stop leaking.

“It was touch and go for a while there, but at this point, things are starting to turn around, which is wonderful,” the singer said. “The first couple of days, he couldn’t recognize me or say anything coherent, but this morning he did. And he now he’s aware and talking and moving around a little, which is wonderful. So the prognosis is getting better by the hour.”

Leone added that Chicago police have already made an arrest in connection with his brother’s assault. (The Chicago Police Department had not responded to MTV News’ request for information by press time.) Though what happened to his brother was terrible, Leone said that the reactions to the incident from Madina Lake’s fans and fellow musicians have also reaffirmed his believe in humanity.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing,” Leone said. “Every band we’ve ever toured with, every Facebook and MySpace outlet has been going crazy with love and support. We’ve heard from friends, fans, neighbors, labels and management. It’s honestly overwhelming. When something horrible happens, you’re inclined to despise humanity, but this proves how many amazing people there are in the world.”

While his brother drifted in and out of consciousness, Nathan read him some of the e-mails and comments Madina Lake fans had written him, and he believes their kind words are what helped him pull through.

“I truly believe that,” he said. “They helped save his live.”

The thoughts of everyone here at EspyRock are with Matthew and we wish him a fast recovery.


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