Morrissey: I've Had 4 Cancer Scrapings
Former Smiths singer reveals latest health struggles
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2014 9:20 AM CDT
In this April 17, 2009, file photo, Morrissey performs during the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

(Newser) – Morrissey, who has canceled several shows recently for health reasons, has revealed to Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he has been treated for cancer, reports Rolling Stone. "They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever," said the former Smiths frontman, who started a European tour Monday. "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."

Time has a slightly different translation of the quote: "I have had four cancer-scrapings, but so what." Rolling Stone notes that Morrissey, 55, has canceled recent concerts because of a bevy of ailments, including pneumonia, Barrett's esophagus, and a bleeding ulcer, among other things.