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The Rolling Stones Tour Cancelled Due to Mick Jagger s Heart Surgery

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Sir Mick Jagger will undergo heart valve replacement surgery after cancelling the Rolling Stones' latest tour, it has been claimed.

The 75-year-old rock icon is set to have a damaged valve replaced during the operation in a New York hospital this week. Jagger was forced to postpone the nine-week ‘No Filter’ tour across the US and Canada after doctors told him he wasn't fit to go on stage.

More than a million fans, who in total have spent an estimated £200 million on tickets, were due to watch the band at 17 sell-out venues.

Jagger, who follows a strict diet and exercise regime, is expected to make a complete recovery and be on stage by the summer, sources close to the star said. Heart valve replacement surgery has a 95 per cent success rate.   The band revealed a day earlier that doctors had advised him not to go on stage, weeks before the tour was due to start on April 20 in Miami.

The rock icon had undergone a routine scan that alerted doctors to an unexpected issue that could require hospital treatment.  Despite being ordered to rest, Jagger is said to have told friends he 'feels great' and that he is already 'bored' of taking it easy.   Sir Mick is said to be so ‘meticulous’ about looking after his health that he will often not talk for days before a gig so that he can save his voice for his performances. He runs up to eight miles a day, alternating between distance and short sprints, and before tours he increases his distances. He also cycles, does yoga, kick boxes, meditates and takes ballet lessons – no doubt encouraged by his current girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, the mother of his youngest child, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger.

On stage he covers up to ten miles in each show. He is also said to have been converted to organic foods by bandmate Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife, Jo Wood. Friends say that his diet is similar to that of a top athlete – all a huge contrast from his lifestyle in the 1960s when he admitted to taking LSD every day for a year.

Today, he lives on super-food smoothies, wholegrain pasta, rice, beans, chicken, fish and his favourite, avocado.  The only drugs he takes are legal – vitamins along with cod liver oil, ginseng and ginkgo biloba.

The singer was spotted Sunday playing with his youngest son on a beach in Miami and taking it easy ahead of the surgery. The rock star enjoyed some family time with two-year-old Deveraux, girlfriend Melanie Hamrick and daughter Georgia May on Sunday after cancelling the sell-out North American tour which was due to start on April 20.

On Sunday morning, Jagger had been pictured flashing a smile while on the balcony of an oceanfront hotel in Miami Beach where he was recuperating following news of his health woes.

Jagger, a father of eight, apologized to fans on Twitter for the cancellation of the tour, saying: ‘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.’

It isn’t the first time that the band, who on average gross £7.5 million per show, have been forced to scrap a concert because of Jagger’s health.  In 2016 he pulled out of a show in Las Vegas owing to what was described as ‘bad laryngitis’.

Two years earlier, following Jagger’s devastation at the suicide of his girlfriend L’Wren Scott, the group cancelled the entire Australasia leg of their world tour. But on that occasion the dates were rescheduled for later the same year.