Rikki Cameron, personal assistant to MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine, has posted a message on the band's official web site denying reports that he collapsed in Russia and was rushed to the hospital, resulting in MEGADETH's abbreviated performance on March 16, 2011 in St. Petersburg during their "European Carnage" tour with SLAYER. She states, "I don't normally do this, but I want to take this opportunity to address some very serious LIES that are being spread right now. I'm going to say this as emphatically as I can, DAVE MUSTAINE NEVER COLLAPSED IN RUSSIA. Not ON stage, not back stage, not ever. He was NOT rushed to the hospital. Dave addressed his health issues himself, and I have no idea where anybody got the idea that there was a collapse because simply put, it is NOT TRUE. Anybody who was at that show can verify that, and as his personal assistant, as his right hand out here on the road, I want to testify to anybody who doubts it, this never happened.
"It's really pathetic that people have to play the telephone game and spread bullshit rumors to trump up some fantasy that they have played out in their heads.
"Please pass the word along to anyone who may say otherwise, and to fellow MEGADETH fans, and to people who claim to know otherwise.
"I have never worked for an artist who is so candid and honest with his fans and in the press as Dave Mustaine, and he told you all, in very great detail, exactly what happened to him that day.
"Kidney stones are quite a normal thing, and extremely painful. There was no lies from him, no covering it up, he was open and honest and still went out on stage and tore it up for his fans.
"All of us out here are proud and inspired to work for a leader like him who has such a never-say-die attitude.
"This is just another smear campaign by some bad tabloid media.
"Get your facts straight, folks, choose your wording very carefully. Something as strongly worded as 'collapse' can come across as way more dramatic and blown out of proportion than you may realize. It is very poor form to create worry and panic where there is none needed.
"You heard it here first: Britney Spears does NOT have 2 heads (though Charlie Sheen, I'm not so sure), Ozzy does not eat bats for breakfast on a daily basis, and Dave Mustaine did NOT collapse in Russia."