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    Robin Williams Needs Heart Surgery, Scraps Tour

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    Robin Williams is taking a time-out for "a little tune-up."

    The madcap Oscar winner announced today he is postponing the remaining dates of his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, to undergo heart surgery.

    The 57-year-old Williams announced Tuesday he was scuttling two shows in Florida this week after experiencing shortness of breath. Following a checkup, Williams discovered he needed a procedure to replace an aortic valve.

    In a statement, Williams expresses optimism that he will be able to resume his show in the fall.

    “I’m so touched by everyone’s support and well wishes,” said Williams. “This tour has been amazing fun, and I can’t wait to get back out on the road after a little tune-up.”

    Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, or ticketholders can opt for refunds.

    Williams has been on the sold-out 80-city tour since September. Tickets for the Broadway leg of this road trip sold out so quickly that another three dates were tacked on in April to meet demand.

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