Bristol legend Big Jeff has shared his first message since he was seriously injured in a house fire at his home in Totterdown last month. Jeff, 39, is still in hospital but he regained consciousness last weekend.
This week Jeff’s family and his art manager, Lee Dodds, shared an update on his condition and said Jeff is likely to remain in hospital for ‘many months’. The well-known music fan who attends most gigs in the city was involved in an accidental fire whilst cooking at home on June 6.
The statement posted online on Wednesday (June 29) said: “We are pleased to be able to share with you that Jeff has made some good progress with his recovery over the weekend. Jeff is now off the ventilator and is conscious.”
But on Friday (July 1), the artist – who is normally an avid user of Twitter – shared his first update on his social media page thanking the public for their words of support. In a tweet, Jeff wrote: “Hello everybody, I love you all. Thank you for the get well wishes! See you soon.”
Many more messages have since poured in for the artist for his first update on his Twitter page in almost a month.
Labour MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy commented: “Great to hear from you Jeff! Hope you’re on the mend.”
Portishead’s Jeff Barrows said: “Ah mate. We are so happy to see this message !! Great news you are on the mend We’re all wishing you the best.”
Another band Field Music wrote: “We’re thinking of you Jeff. Let yourself be looked after and it won’t be too long til you’re back on your feet. We love you.”
Festival Primavera Sound – of which Jeff is usually a regular attendee – also sent their well wishes: “So happy to see you again here!! Sending all our love!”
Bristol Live’s Tristan Cork said: “We’ve all been so worried. Great to see this, and best wishes on your recovery.” Bristol cinema Watershed and 20th Century Flicks both sent their love in separate posts.
Music venue Fleece added: “Yes mate! Best thing I’ve seen all week. Make sure you get all the rest you need & do what the dr’s [sic] & nurses tell you!
“Looking forward to seeing you down the front when you’re ready. Make sure someone has the glasto [sic] sets downloaded for you on iPlayer – reckon you’ll enjoy them!”
At Glastonbury Festival Bristol band Idles shared a tribute to Big Jeff, describing him as “everything we wish we represent”.