American singer Michael Bolton has revealed he was diagnosed with a brain tumour just before the holidays and had to undergo immediate surgery.
He shared the unexpected news in a post on social media on Saturday, saying that the surgery was successful.
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The 70-year-old added he is now recovering at home “surrounded by the tremendous love and support of my family”.
Bolton said as a result he would be taking a break from touring.
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Bolton said it is “always the hardest thing” to disappoint his fans, “but have no doubt I am working hard to accelerate my recovery and get back to performing soon.”
Bolton said he would give updates on the situation when he can.
“I am beyond grateful for all the love and support you have so generously shown me through the years,” Bolton wrote.
“Know that I’m keeping your positive messages in my heart.”
Fans flocked to the comment section, wishing the Grammy award-winner a speedy recovery.
“No rush, take your time to fully recovered … your health is the priority. Get well soon,” one wrote.
“Take all the time you need. Your health and family comes first,” another said.
Singer Michael Bolton has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Credit: AP
According to his website, Bolton had several shows lined up in America throughout February and March, plus two shows in Switzerland.
Two days before the shock announcement, Bolton appeared on Sunrise looking frail but made no mention of his ill-health.
He instead spoke about his upcoming album Spark Of Light, his first album including all original songs in 14 years,
Bolton rose to fame in the 1970’s rock music scene and gained prominence in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a pop singer, working with artists like Cher, Bob Dylan and Shania Twain during his decades-long career.
Bolton took home Grammy Awards for ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?’ which he co-wrote, and his cover of ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ which appeared on his 1991 chart-topping album ‘Time, Love & Tenderness.’
He’s also a known philanthropist, having started The Michael Bolton Charities in 1993, which supports women and children who have been victims of poverty and emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
He has participated in a number of events to support children and victims of domestic violence.
– With NBC