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Morrissey cancels shows over flu

Morrissey has cancelled a number of shows on his European tour, blaming a "flu outbreak" amongst his crew.

The singer cancelled a concert in Lyon, France on October 31, after a member of his entourage was struck down by the bug. His went on to call off his November 2 gig in Lausanne, Switzerland and his planned show in Basel, Switzerland, on November 3.

A statement posted on Morrissey's fansite True-To-You yesterday said: "Due to ongoing influenza amongst band and crew members tonight's show at Lausanne (Switzerland) cannot take place.

"It is hoped that the show will be re-scheduled for December. Tomorrow's show at Basel looks unlikely, although Wednesday's show at Hannover (Germany) remains firmly in place. Apologies are offered for any inconvenience."

In June this year the 55-year-old singer was forced to cancel the remainder of his US tour after collapsing and being taken to hospital. He went on to reveal he is being treated for cancer.

The former Smiths frontman told Spanish newspaper El Mundo: "They have scraped cancerous tissues from me four times already, but who cares. If I die, then I die. And if not, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in recent photos I look unwell, but that is what illness does. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead."

And last year Morrissey cancelled a string of US dates after suffering a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's oesophagus and double pneumonia.

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