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Morrissey’s had a tough year, only making it through a couple of shows before having to cancel the remainder of this spring’s tour dates, thanks to being extremely ill. Morrissey’s never been the epitome of health, but this time around, doctors have warned the 53-year-old singer and songwriter that it may be time to quit the music business.
Earlier this month, Morrissey cancelled 22 dates across the United States that had been initially scheduled for the months of March and April. At the time, we knew the man was suffering from numerous health issues, including pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer, and Barrett’s esophagus. However, in a recent interview with the Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7 the musician explained his symptoms were worse than many of us were aware.
"I had a very bad time. I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work… I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline... I had lost so much blood I had become anaemic, but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now.”
If all that sounds bad, the man also explained he had double pneumonia at the same time and that the above symptoms plus the double pneumonia meant his immune system was at an all-time low. Due to this, NME is reporting the singer is now on hiatus for a long while and since doctors have “cautioned” the man to quit, I would guess he may stick to recording rather than the grueling pace of touring in the future. So much for that long-hoped for Smiths reunion.