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Morrissey: 'Doctors told me I was dying'

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Jul 03, 2013 | 7:34am EDT

Veteran singer Morrissey was warned by doctors he was "dying" after he vomited blood during his terrifying health battle earlier this year (13). The former The Smiths frontman axed his entire North American tour in March (13) when he was diagnosed with double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer, and throat condition Barrett's oesophagus after months of illness. Now he has revealed his health scare was sparked by a collapse in his hotel room in January (13), and his condition was so serious medics feared he would die. The singer tells Chilean newspaper La Tercera, "It was terrible. 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 esophagus, 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 U.S., 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... "Seriously, I did not worry too much, 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 bread crumbs. Yes, the doctors told me: 'Do you realise that you are dying?' But it's so abstract to hear you do not know what to do. Furthermore, we are all dying, even when we sleep we are dying slowly, but until that happens, you give everything you have. There will be much time to rest, once we get to the grave."

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