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article imageMorrissey on being treated for cancer: 'If I die, then I die'

By Earl Dittman     Oct 7, 2014 in Entertainment
The British singer/songwriter and one-time lead vocalist for The Smiths has admitted he has been suffering from cancer. And, in typical Morrissey fashion, the usually guarded music icon proclaimed, "Right now, I feel good...I'll rest when I'm dead."
Last year, when Morrissey, the enigmatic former lead singer for iconic British band The Smiths, began cancelling dates during his latest solo jaunt, members of the music press began to speculate that the hard-working singer/performer was suffering from a very serious illness. In Mid-2013, Morrissey halted a U.S. tour because of a bleeding ulcer and a double bout of pneumonia. Earlier this year, he once again put his tour plans on hold because of a respiratory infection.
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In an unprecedented move, the normally intensely private Morrissey has admitted the reason he was hospitalized — a handful of times over the past-year-and-a-half — is because he is being treated for cancer.
"They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever," Morrissey told El Mundo. "If I die, then I die. And if I don't, then I don't. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that's what illness can do. I'm not going to worry about that, I'll rest when I'm dead."
Stephen Patrick Morrissey did not specify the type of cancer he was suffering from. However, he explained why he considers himself completely self-sufficient — and quite content to be on his own. "I have no social life, no need," he confessed. "I live in quiet solitude. Fun is an artificial construct, and if you have a sex life (and I have none at all) it is impossible to deal with people, because people only talk about sex."
Morrissey recently took some time away from the road to build up his strength for his current European tour. Additionally, the 55-year-old singer/songwriter, known for such classic hits as "Suedehead," "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday," has been busy working on his first novel.
Morrissey with his former band mates from The Smiths: Johnny Marr  Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke
Morrissey with his former band mates from The Smiths: Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke
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"I'm at an age when one should no longer be making music," he said. "Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I'm still here, and nobody knows what to do with me. The audience that I have is very young, which leads me to think that the songs of the Smiths, as with those of the Ramones, are more significant now than before.
“My novel is coming along well, but it would be presumptuous of me to talk about something that is not finalized yet. It will probably be published next year and with luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy."
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