Sheryl Crow Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Forgetfulness prompted the singer to get an MRI, she tells an unsuspecting Las Vegas reporter

By Natalie Finn Jun 05, 2012 8:03 PMTags
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Sheryl Crow's strong-enough quotient is being tested once again.

The Grammy winner and breast-cancer survivor has a common form of brain tumor called a meningioma, Crow's rep confirmed Tuesday to E! News. 

But, happily, the tumor is benign—and Crow, 50, is the one who broke the news last night to an unsuspecting Las Vegas reporter, practically off the cuff.

"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor," Crow told Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Doug Elfman.

"And I was, like, 'See? I knew there was something wrong,'" she continued with her usual humor. "I haven't really talked about it...But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit."

So she was being ironic when she flubbed lyrics to "Soak Up the Sun" onstage in February and joked to the Florida audience, "I'm 50, what can I say? My brain's gone to s--t."

Meanwhile, her rep filled us in on the nature of Crow's illness.

"Half of us are walking around with [meningioma] but you don't really know unless you happen to have an MRI," she said. "[Crow] has no symptoms and everything is fine. It was a random mention during the [Vegas] interview. It was not meant to alarm anyone. She is doing great and is healthy and happy."

And that does indeed make us happy, too.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua