Rupert Murdoch is reportedly still house-bound after falling over on his son Lachlan Murdoch’s yacht on a New Year’s holiday in the Caribbean.
The 86-year-old media mogul reportedly skipped his own February 11 party at his Bel Air winery, thrown to thank the Los Angeles Fire Department for containing the wildfire which burned more than 171 hectares in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave in December.
Mr Murdoch was “on the grounds” of his Moraga Vineyard during the event, but was unable to greet guests because of a “back injury”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His wife, American former model and actress Jerry Hall, instead hosted more than 300 Bel Air residents who attended the event which raised more than $60,000 for the L.A Fire Department Foundation.
Mr Murdoch’s back troubles continue months after the 21st Century Fox and News Corp titan slipped and fell on his son Lachlan’s yacht in the Caribbean early in the New Year.
The tumble failed to make the news anywhere in his newspapers or TV offerings, but surfaced in a Vanity Fair report following an internal email leak.
Mr Murdoch was helicoptered off his son’s yacht and spent time in a Los Angeles hospital recovering, the article said.
In an email to senior managers, Mr Murdoch explained the accident and his absence from work.
“I hope you all are having a great start to 2018. I suspect it has been better than mine,” he wrote.
“I am writing to tell you that last week I had a sailing accident and suffered a painful back injury,”
“While I am well on the road to recovery, I have to work from home for some weeks. In the meantime, you’ll be hearing from me by email, phone and text!”
The hospitalisation came at a sensitive time while Mr Murdoch began to section off assets of his global media empire late last year.
Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox made a $66 billion deal with Disney, selling off his Fox film and TV Hollywood studios.
The media mogul has also been in complex regulatory negotiations in his longstanding bid to take full control of the Sky TV.