SYDNEY – U.S. singer Jimmy Buffett left hospital on Thursday, a day after he fell off a stage at the end of a Sydney concert and was knocked unconscious, Australian television reported.

Buffett departed St. Vincent’s Hospital in inner Sydney via a back entrance to avoid the media after doctors gave him the all-clear on Thursday morning, Ten Network television reported.

Medical staff said the singer had suffered a head injury, but added he was in good spirits and lucky to have recovered so quickly from the fall at Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday night.

Witnesses attending his show described hearing a “crack” as Buffett’s head hit the floor following an encore performance of his song “Lovely Cruise.”

“He really took a very nasty tumble,” the hospital’s emergency department director Gordian Fulde, who attended the concert, told Seven Network television.

“He just didn’t see the drop in front of the stage,” Fulde said.

“I heard the ‘crack’ and I thought: ‘This guy has broken his neck,’ ” he added.

Fulde, who is also a surgeon, rushed to the aid of the 64-year-old entertainer. “He had a head injury and he lost consciousness … (but) scans show that he’s OK,” Fulde said.

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem parents of a baby boy

NEW YORK – Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are proud parents of a baby boy.

A spokeswoman for the actress confirmed Wednesday that Cruz gave birth to a boy last week. She says “both parents and baby are doing great.” She provided no other details.

The couple were married at the beginning of July in the Bahamas.

The 36-year-old Cruz and the 41-year-old Bardem are from Spain. They appeared together in the 2008 Woody Allen romantic comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Cruz won a supporting-actress Oscar for her role.

Bardem is nominated for best actor this year for his role in the Spanish-language drama “Biutiful.” He won a supporting-actor Oscar for the 2007 crime thriller “No Country for Old Men.”

Bristol Palin gets offer to host at radio station

PHOENIX – A Phoenix radio station has offered a job to Bristol Palin.

Mix 96.9 host Mathew Blades says Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter met with the station’s management Friday and that they offered her a gig co-hosting with him on his morning show.

The 20-year-old daughter of the former Alaska governor hasn’t accepted the offer but Blades says she seems interested.

The former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has purchased a five-bedroom house in the town of Maricopa, which is south of Phoenix. She came to the forefront during her mother’s 2008 vice presidential run when the Palin family said that the then-17-year-old was pregnant.

Bret Michaels’ heart OK

PHOENIX – Officials at a Phoenix hospital say rock star Bret Michaels has been released from their care following a successful heart procedure.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center said Wednesday that Michaels left the hospital. The doctor who treated him reported the procedure to fix a hole in his heart produced excellent results.

Dr. Mansour Assar says the singer is expected to be able to return to normal activities in a few weeks. Doctors discovered the hole in Michael’s heart in April while treating him for a brain hemorrhage.