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Sick Morrissey: Remaining US Tour Dates Axed
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has cancelled the remaining 22 dates of his US tour because of continuing ill health.
The singer has been suffering from mounting problems in recent months, including a bleeding ulcer, a condition of the oesophagus and double pneumonia.
The 53-year-old had previously cancelled six US shows while he received hospital treatment.
A statement from his US publicist Lauren Papapietro said: "Despite his best efforts to try to continue touring, Morrissey has to take a hiatus and will not be able to continue on the rest of the tour.
"Morrissey thanks all of his fans for their well wishes and thoughts."
Disappointed fans can get refunds for the remaining shows at the point of purchase.
The tour, which was delayed by his health issues, started earlier this month at Staples Centre, Los Angeles, and Hollywood High School, at which the singer appeared to be fit and in good voice.
On January 31 a posting from Morrissey appeared on the fan website True To You saying: "The reports of my death have been greatly understated.
"Once admitted to the William Beaumont Hospital at Royal Oak in Michigan, I received treatment for concussion, a bleeding ulcer, and Barrett's oesophagus.
"The positive from all of this is that there are now no known ailments left for me to try."
Morrissey's 2012-13 US tour has been beset with problems from the start.
In October, the singer postponed 26 shows so that he could fly home to England and see to his ailing mother.
Morrissey, who led the Manchester indie band The Smiths in the 1980s, recently revealed that he had refused an offer to re-form the group for the Coachella festival, to take place in California in April.