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Sam Smith cancels Australia tour over vocal hemorrhage

AFP/File / Justin Tallis British singer Sam Smith poses for photographers on the red carpet in London on February 24, 2015

AFP/File / Justin Tallis
British singer Sam Smith poses for photographers on the red carpet in London on February 24, 2015

Young singing sensation Sam Smith on Tuesday canceled the rest of an Australian tour after developing a hemorrhage on his vocal cords.

New York (AFP)

The 22-year-old British singer, who has maintained a punishing touring schedule amid a meteoric rise in his career, said he has been “vocally exhausted for a while now.”

He was diagnosed with a small hemorrhage on his vocal cords after a performance Monday in Sydney, he said in a statement.

“The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal cords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue,” he said.

“I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets. I truly am. This kills me,” he said.

Smith had been scheduled to perform through May 4 in Australia. Promoters said that they were looking to reschedule the dates for December.

Smith is scheduled to play in Tokyo on May 7 and 8 before extensive summer touring in Europe and North America.

Smith, who until a few years ago was a bartender in London, quickly amassed a global following with his song “Stay With Me,” a soulful ballad about a one-night stand.

He was the big winner at the latest Grammys, taking home three of the four most prestigious awards.

© 2015 AFP

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