Morrissey Cancels U.S. Tour Dates Due to Respiratory Infection

 Kyleen James

Morrissey has canceled the remainder of his U.S. tour. According to a spokesperson, the former Smiths frontman contracted a respiratory infection in Miami that resulted in a number of subsequent shows being rescheduled. Today it was announced that the infection has worsened and the rest of his tour, including those rescheduled shows, are off.

"In the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted,” said the press statement. “Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates.”

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In a bizarre twist, a lengthy statement posted Tuesday night on official fanzine True to You alleges that tour opener Kristeen Young is the source for Moz's recent respiratory problems. The site claims that Young confessed to a "horrendous cold" following a May 31 show in Miami, "the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey," resulting in the cancelation of an Atlanta show. The site said that she was asked to take a break from the tour.

Young wasted no time responding, denying she ever boasted of having a bad cold. "I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours," she said on Facebook (in a post since removed). According to Young, an allergy specialist prescribed medication, which worked, but Morrissey's management ultimately asked her to leave the tour entirely.

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"I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well," Young said. "But I will not tolerate these lies…particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre."

Morrissey’s U.S. tour began May 7 in San Jose -- where he was rushed onstage by fans, cutting the show short -- and was originally supposed to extend to June 21, with a closing performance at New York City’s Barclays Center. Following his May 31 show in Miami, Morrissey canceled his performance in Atlanta and postponed dates in Atlantic City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., all of which are now canceled as well.

The singer has been on tour supporting his upcoming album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, which is slated for release July 15 on Harvest Records.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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