Singer was told he was dying on tour but refuses to e miserable now


Morrissey has revealed that he nearly died after being diagnosed with several life-threatening conditions.

The legendary singer, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, was touring in America earlier this year and had been unwell for a while but ignored symptoms.

It was only when he suffered a frightening experience that it was discovered he had double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and the throat condition Barrett’s oesophagus.

‘It was terrible,’ says Morrissey, 54.

‘I had played in January in Ohio, and I was perfect, but the next night at the hotel I collapsed.

‘I lost consciousness and when I recovered, I was covered in black blood and did not know what it was.

‘I was taken to a hospital [where doctors] quickly discovered I had an ulcer, Barrett’s oesophagus, and then [it] all finished in double pneumonia.

‘I spent over four weeks on a drip, but I refused a blood transfusion. I managed to do some more shows in the US, but when I arrived in Mexico the doctors told me to stop.

‘Not being able to finish the tour was devastating, but doctors warned me: “A few weeks ago you almost died, and now you say you’ll do 18 shows more? Are you trying to kill yourself?”

‘In fact, I think that was what I was doing…’

Despite facing death in the face, the former Smiths frontman says he’s never been afraid of dying.

‘Seriously, I did not worry too much,’ he tells Chilean newspaper La Tercera, ‘because eventually we all die one day and in my case it would be better to die on stage than on a sofa covered with breadcrumbs.’

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