Still Ill: Morrissey shows cancelled due to mounting health problems

Mancunian axes 22 shows, saying: 'The reports of my death have been greatly understated'

Morrissey has cancelled the remaining dates of a US tour because of illnesses including a bleeding ulcer, double pneumonia and oesophagus trouble.

The former Smiths frontman has 22 dates of his US tour left. He had previously cancelled six US shows while he received hospital treatment.

The tour was postponed because if ill health earlier this month. After the delay he told fans he was "terribly sorry" for any inconvenience and that he should be "as fit as a ferret" for rescheduled concerts.

And at a show earlier this month at Los Angeles' Staples Centre, he appeared to be fit and in good voice.

But today a statement from his US publicist 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."

In January he posted on a fan site: "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."

Fans can get refunds for the axed shows at the point of purchase.