Former Smiths frontman Morrissey, better known for his reserved nature and morose lyrics, has been hailed a hero for coming to the aid of a woman who collapsed in New York.
The Salford legend, who was voted the greatest living Mancunian in a 2009 poll, was browsing in The Strand bookstore when the lady fainted.
He rushed to her side, offered her a glass of water and helped to pick up her belongings.
An eyewitness told website Queerty: “Morrissey, who was there alone, immediately rushed to her side and crouched on the ground to see if she was okay. She had just lost her bearings and was fine.
“He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help. She declined and collected her things and moved on.
“My friend said she touched Morrissey’s cheek in gratitude. Obviously, she didn’t know who he was, just was touched by this act of kindness from a nice British man.”
Famed for downcast songs such as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, I Know It’s Over and Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, the incident showed how he can be a charming man.
The singer is preparing for a US tour which begins in Boston on October 5. He is also putting the final touches to his eagerly anticipated autobiography, which is set to be released before the end of the year.
He claims that the book ‘will name the innocent and protect the guilty’. His legions of disciples wait with bated breath.