Morrissey

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Our thoughts go out to Morrissey this morning as the former frontman of The Smiths has revealed that he is battling cancer. 

In a new Spanish-language interview with El Mundo, the 55-year-old musician, who has been hospitalized a number of times for health issues in recent years, shared that he has undergone a series of treatments to remove "cancerous tissues."

"They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever," the English artist told the publication (as reported by BBC News). "If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good."

While Morrissey did not reveal the specific type of cancer he is being treated for, the ex-Smiths band member, who performed in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, acknowledged that his appearance has begun to show the strain of his ongoing health struggles. 

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"I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do," he said. "I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead."

Morrissey recently began his European tour, which is due to end in Greece in December. The singer his yet to announce any concert cancelations amid his ailing health state. 

This isn't the first time the famous '80s recording artist has made headlines for his poor health. According to reports, he previously canceled a U.S. concert in June while he was being treated in the hospital for a respiratory infection. 

Morrissey has also been forced to call off multiple tour dates due to his bouts with illness. He was previously diagnosed with double pneumonia in March 2013, a bleeding ulcer in January of that same year and he canceled his South American tour in July 2013 after he came down with food poisoning. 

Last year, the musician admitted that his doctors have "cautioned" him to stop touring but he admitted that "it's difficult for me because it's very ingrained within me."

In addition to revealing his cancer battle, Morrissey also told El Mundo that he's "now at an age when I should no longer be making music".

"Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I'm still here, and nobody knows what to do with me," the singer said, adding, "With luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy."

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