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MorrisseyAfter a string of serious health problems, out singer Morrissey has been cautioned by his doctors to retire from performing.

Earlier this month, Morrissey, 53, was rushed to a hospital with pneumonia and was forced to cancel concert dates in North America. He’s also suffered from anemia, stomach ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus, in which the lining of the throat is damaged by stomach acid, MSN reports.

“I had a very bad time. I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn’t work,” Morrissey tells radio station Reactor 105.7 in Mexico, where he’s recuperating. “I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline. I had lost so much blood I had become anemic, but I’m still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now.”

The former Smiths front man says his recent bout of pneumonia and other maladies was the result of the anemia. “I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn’t cope with anything. The slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold.”

He told the interviewer he’s been told to retire but explained “it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.”

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