Manchester music legend Morrissey has revealed he has been treated for a throat condition which can lead to an increased risk of cancer.
The former Smiths frontman was struck down in Detroit, Michigan with a bleeding ulcer and was taken into hospital.
Morrissey was forced to cancel six shows of his US tour, and has took to his online mouthpiece, True To You, to detail his experiences in his own idiosyncratic way.
He said: “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.
Symptoms of Barrett’s oesophagus include heartburn, trouble swallowing, pain under the breastbone and vomiting blood.
“The positive from all of this is that there are now no known ailments left for me to try. I am fully determined to resume the tour on February 9 at the Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas,” he added.
“If there’s an audience of any kind in attendance, I just might die with a smile on my face, after all. If I am not there, I shall probably never again be anywhere.
“Equally, I am determined to play Flint, Michigan, if it kills me, which, on the face of it, it almost has.”
The music icon has also announced he will release a re-mastered version of his 1989 Top 10 hit The Last of the International Playboys in March.
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