Morrissey out of hospital after collapsing on stage in England


LONDON – Morrissey, former singer in British band The Smiths, has left hospital after spending Saturday night there as a precautionary measure after collapsing on stage, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 50-year-old was taken to a Swindon hospital after suffering breathing difficulties on Saturday during a gig in the southern England town.

It is the latest cancellation he has made due to ill-health in his current tour of Britain.

“Morrissey became unwell, and he was admitted overnight as a precautionary measure,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “He has been seen by the medical team, much improved and now discharged home.”

Morrissey slumped to the floor after cutting short his rendition of the song This Charming Man.

Two band members carried him offstage where he was treated by an emergency medical team.

He had said to the 1,000-strong audience: “Good evening . . . probably”, before performing The Smiths 1983 hit, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Mark Taylor (40) told the newspaper: “There was a wait of about 25 minutes before one of the stage crew came on and said Morrissey had left the building, and that he was seriously ill.

“Everybody started booing, thinking ‘here we go again’. He has a bit of a poor track record for cancelling his concerts.”

The Smiths shot to prominence in the 1980s with their bleak but sardonic songs and had hits such as What Difference Does it Makeand Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, before they split in 1988.