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Morrissey reveals cancer battle

The former Smiths singer has cancer. Photo: PA

Morrissey has revealed he has cancer and has been hospitalised several times over the past 18 months.

The former Smiths singer, 55, did not say what type of cancer he had but insisted he was not afraid of dying.

He told Spanish newspaper El Mundo: "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. 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."

Morrissey has suffered a number of health problems since 2013. Credit: JF DIORIO/DPA/Press Association Images

In recent years Morrissey's health has been on the decline but this is the first time he has mentioned cancer.

In early 2013 he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. This was followed by double pneumonia in March last year, a bout of food poisoning in July 2013 and a respiratory infection in June this year, which forced him to cancel his US tour.

Doctors had “cautioned” him to stop touring, but speaking last year, he said: "It’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained within me.”

Despite his ill health, the singer is currently on a European tour after the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business, his first solo album in five years.

He is due to play Madrid on October 9.