Ailing Morrissey says he might have to quit music
Published: March 25, 2013 02:28PM
Updated: March 22, 2013 01:35PM
FILE - In this July 21, 2012 file photo, British rock singer Morrissey, the former front man of the alternative rock group The Smiths, sings during his concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Morrissey says he may have to retire.

The Smiths former singer canceled his North American tour, including a Utah date, earlier this month after suffering a series of setbacks and illnesses including pneumonia, a stomach ulcer and the throat condition Barrett’s esophagus, according to

Morrissey is currently recuperating in Mexico, where he told a radio station he suffered so much internal blood loss it sparked anemia and led to a number of other issues.

“I had a very bad time,” Morrissey told Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7. “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. ... 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.”

Optimistic? Are we sure they were interviewing Morrissey?

“It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once,” he said. “The double pneumonia — everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn’t cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold.”

Asked if he has been advised to retire from music, the British singer said, “I have been cautioned to, but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.”

Morrissey, a vegan and animal rights activist, also made headlines recently when he angrily canceled an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because cast members from the popular reality show “Duck Dynasty” were also scheduled to appear.