Morrissey forced to cancel remaining North American tour dates due to health concerns

By Daniel S Levine,

Morrissey, the former frontman for the Smiths, has been forced to cancel the rest of his North American tour due to an illness. The singer has been dealing with a bleeding ulcer and other illnesses, which had already forced him to cancel over 20 dates.

According to The BBC, Morrissey, 53, has also been dealing with pneumonia and Barrett's oesophagus. He was scheduled to perform in Kansas on Monday, but that show and 22 others have all been cancelled. Fans have been offered a refund.

In a statement to his fan site True To You, Morrissey apologized for the decision, but said it was for the best. He said that he had trouble finding words for the situation, but wrote, “I've been a colossal pain where this continuously unpredictable illness is concerned, and now the physical limits have been reached.”

Morrissey continued, “The tour had, in fact, been fantastic for all of us - a new slice of life full of concentrated power. The audiences everywhere have given so much, although I know that neither of us will ever receive our due. I hope this isn't the end, and I hope there will be other chances, minus the heavy burden of illness. Knots of grief today, but full of resolve for tomorrow.”

Aside from persistent health issues, the singer has recently been in the headlines due to a feud last month with Jimmy Kimmel. The active PETA supporter had cancelled his appearance on the show because Kimmel was also interviewing the stars of Duck Dynasty, which focuses on a family selling duck hunting equipment.

He had also managed to get the Staples Center to agree to go 100 percent vegetarian for his show.

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