Ex-Smith's frontman, solo artist and activist, Morrissey, revealed he almost died after suffering from a number of aliments earlier this year.
In an interview with Chilean newspaper La Tercera, the Brit explained that he suffered from a bleeding ulcer, double pneumonia and Barrett's oesophagus (a serious throat condition).
We reported in March that Morrissey canceled the entirety of his North American tour after doctors said he needed to retire from music because of ailments—but the exact severity of his condition is only now being revealed.
Apparently Moz's issues started back in January—months before he actually canceled his tour.
"I had played in January in Ohio, and I was perfect, but the next night at the hotel I collapsed. I lost consciousness and when I recovered, I was covered in black blood and did not know what it was," Morrissey said.
“I was taken to a hospital, quickly discovered I had an ulcer, Barrett’s oesophagus, and then [it] all finished in double pneumonia.”
He apparently kept doing shows as best he could until he arrived for a show in Mexico. He explained:
“I spent over four weeks on a drip, but I refused a blood transfusion. I managed to do some more shows in the U.S., but when I arrived in Mexico the doctors told me to stop.
“Not being able to finish the tour was devastating, but doctors warned me: ‘A few weeks ago you almost died, and now you say you’ll do 18 shows more? Are you trying to kill yourself?’ In fact, I think that was what I was doing…”
But the "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" singer (who's famous for his melancholic lyrics) was apparently not too concerned with the prospect of death. And maybe even fancies the idea of an epic on-stage ending.
"Seriously, I did not worry too much, because eventually we all die one day and in my case it would be better to die on stage than on a sofa covered with bread crumbs. Yes, the doctors told me: ‘Do you realize that you are dying?’ But it’s so abstract to hear, you do not know what to do.
“Furthermore, we are all dying, even when we sleep we are dying slowly, but until that happens, you give everything you have. There will be much time to rest, once we get to the grave."
While we are considerably impressed with the “First Of The Gang To Die” singer's enlightened relationship with life and death, we hope he realizes that his fans (the ones who have yet to reach Nirvana) reeeally, really want some more Morrissey.
So...please take care of yourself, Moz! We love you!