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Mick Jagger's mystery illness revealed, singer to undergo heart surgery this week to replace damaged valve, claims report

The 75-year-old was forced to postpone the 9-week 'No Filter' tour across US and Canada after doctors told him that he was not fit enough to get on stage and perform
UPDATED FEB 26, 2020
Mick Jagger (Source : Getty Images)
Mick Jagger (Source : Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones' lead singer Sir Mick Jagger is set to undergo heart valve replacement surgery after he canceled the band's latest tour because of a mystery illness. The rock icon is scheduled to have the operation in a New York City hospital this week, according to the Drudge Report.

An earlier report by MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) revealed that the 75-year-old was forced to postpone the nine-week 'No Filter' tour across the United States and Canada after health experts told him that he was not fit enough to get on stage and perform.

Reports state that over a million fans had spent an estimated £200 million on tickets to watch the band perform at 17 sell-out venues.

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage on the opening night of the European leg of their 'No Filter' tour at Croke Park on May 17, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. (Getty Images)

According to sources close to the rock star, he is expected to make a complete recovery and be on stage by the summer. Heart valve replacement surgeries have a 95 percent success rate and Jagger, who follows a strict diet and exercise regime, is expected to make a quick recovery.

The band, on Saturday, had revealed that doctors had advised Jagger to not go on stage, just weeks before he was due to embark on his tour on April 20 in Miami. The 75-year-old Jagger had undergone a routine scan which alerted doctors about the unexpected issue with the star's heart. 

Jagger, despite being ordered to rest, is said to have told friends that he "feels great" and is already "bored" of taking it easy as he prepares for his surgery.

The singer, a father of eight, was spotted playing with his youngest son on a beach in Miami on Sunday. Jagger took to Twitter to apologize to his fans for the cancellation of the tour and wrote: "I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies everyone."

The band also released a statement announcing the postponement of their £200 million worth gigs 'No Filter' US and Canada tour.

Sir Mick Jagger arrives as a special guest during the third day of the test cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan on May 13, 2018, in Malahide, Ireland. (Getty Images)

"We apologize for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold onto these existing tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly," the statement read. "Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. Doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible."

Neither the statement nor the frontman himself had initially explained what the illness is. A source had told Daily Mail that the scan discovered "something untoward" in Jagger's health and he had been forced by the doctors to take a month off.

Fans, who quickly took to social media to wish a speedy recovery to the legendary rockstar speculated what his illness could be. The Telegraph reported that sources have confirmed it's the "physical injury" sustained during tour preparations, that caused Jagger to postpone the grand event. "It’s not a mystery illness, it’s a physical injury as a result of his strenuous pre-tour preparations. Doctors have told him to take it easy and to concentrate on his recovery," the source told the publication.

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage on the opening night of the European leg of their No Filter tour at Croke Park on May 17, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. (Getty Images)

Another speculation about his "mystery illness", was cited to be trauma, since, in 2014, Jagger was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder after L’Wren Scott’s suicide. He had remained silent about his feelings after his girlfriend of 13 years hanged herself in March of that year and people believed his illness had resurfaced. 

However, the good news is that his friends have shared his mystery illness is not as bad. Stevie Van Zandt tweeted that "ailment is thankfully temporary and insignificant."