Dylan cancels tour due to chest pains

Singer/songerwriter expected to recover by July

Folk-rock icon Bob Dylan canceled his European tour Wednesday after being admitted to a hospital over the weekend, suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease. The dates are not likely to be rescheduled as they were mainly appearances at annual festivals.

The 56-year-old singer/songwriter was hospitalized in New York after being admitted with severe chest pains.

His condition has been diagnosed as histoplasmosisa, a potentially fatal infection that creates swelling in the sac surrounding the heart. Early detection and treatment can cure the illness.

Dylan is expected to recuperate sufficiently to start a U.S. tour that is scheduled to begin in July.

The singer was due to perform in Ireland, Britain and Switzerland during the summer tour. Van Morrison, who was to appear with him in London June 7, said he would still perform.

The European tour follows legs in Canada and northeast U.S. He performed last month in L.A.

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