IRELAND – Relieved Johnny Logan says brother Mick has ‘long journey back to health’ after emerging from three week coma. Johnny’s elder brother Mick Sherrard suffered a major cardiac arrest while riding in his daughter Chloe’s car in Manchester. Elder bro Mick Sherrard suffered a major cardiac arrest while riding in his daughter Chloe’s car in Manchester. His life was saved when Chloe gave him CPR until paramedics arrived.
But he later slipped into a coma as his loving family awaited anxiously around his hospital bed. Miraculously, Mick, 66, suddenly came out of his coma after nearly a month. A grateful Johnny, 64, told the Irish Sun: “Mick is improving but it’s going to be a long journey for him until he’s back to full health. “But with the love and support of his family and friends and the wonderful care of his doctors and nurses he will make it. Thanks to everybody for their prayers and good wishes.”
Mick has been Johnny’s guitar man and musical director for nearly four decades. And Johnny — known as Sean to family — rushed to be at Mick’s bedside when he got the bad news of his brother’s heart attack in April. Mick was still undergoing treatment in hospital as he paid tribute to his brother and kids this week.
He said: “I was in a coma for three weeks, during which time Sean (Johnny) and my children Chloe, Ellen and Nathaniel stayed by my bed.” Mick joked: “No one is more amazed than me that I am still around to annoy you all. I am still in hospital and need a few more ops, but hope to be back soon. The reason I have kept quiet about my illness is that I wanted to get over the worst of it before I told people. My dear brother Sean agreed not to say anything and I thank him for his love and care, as well as my magnificent children, Chloe, Ellen and Nathaniel, who have been my strength.”
The brothers are two of three sons of Derry-born tenor Charles Alphonsus Sherrard, who went by the stage name Patrick O’Hagan. They have played hundreds of venues in Ireland, the UK and across Europe with Mick providing guitar-playing and backing vocals for Johnny. Fans will be hoping Mick recovers in time to duet with Johnny on The Irish Rover and The Little Drummer Boy during their Christmas tour. A family friend said: “Although Mick never made it to Eurovision like Johnny, he’s been a huge part of his brother’s success.”
When Johnny and Mick started out with their first gig at the National Ballroom in Dublin in 1977 they were known as the O’Hagan Brothers Band. The following year Johnny took top billing ahead of Eurovision glory with his own Johnny Logan Band.
He went on to win Eurovision in 1980 with What’s Another Year and again in 1987 with Hold Me Now, before writing Why Me? for Linda Martin in 1992. Mick entered the Irish Song Contest in 1985 with the song Hearts and again in 1991 with the track When Do I get Over You, both written by Johnny.