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Morrissey cancels due to sick bug?

Morrissey is rumoured to be cancelling his South American tour because of severe food poisoning.

The singer was due to perform in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil but came down with a severe stomach bug, said the Guardian.

Reports from Peru suggest Morrissey, 54, flew home to the UK on July 8 with his 14 South American gigs due to start in Lima the next day.

Rodrigo Perez, Morrissey's Chilean concert promoter, told Radio Cooperativa: "On Sunday, Morrissey and an entourage of about eight people ate at a restaurant that we had not recommended, with regrettable consequences. Within hours, all of them fell sick with severe gastric problems... The hotel has become like an outpatient clinic. There are people who have not been able to get out of bed for 48 hours."

Just a few days earlier, Morrissey had written on his website: "I am humbled beyond belief by the reception here in Lima, Peru, and also by the ongoing welcome. For me, it is incredible - once more. If Chile, Argentina and Brazil are as giving, I shall ask no more and die happy. Peru, Peru - my heart's lighthouse."

The former Smiths frontman has been struggling with health issues all year including a bleeding ulcer in January and double pneumonia in March.

He told a Mexican radio station in March he had been advised by doctors to stop touring but that he wanted to go ahead with the dates.

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