Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, 75, to undergo heart surgery

Grant Boone
April 4, 2019

The Rolling Stones will reportedly reshedule their cancelled US shows for July, after being forced to postpone the tour so frontman Mick Jagger could undergo medical treatment.

The news comes days after the band postponed its North American tour following doctors' telling Jagger he needed to take a break from touring to receive medical treatment.

"Fans who have tickets to attend these shows are advised to hold onto their existing tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates", said a Republic Live official in an email to OrilliaMatters.

"Mick has been advised by doctors that he can not go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment", a statement from the band reads.

With fans taking to social media to say they were praying for Jagger, the band tried to dampen fears by adding that "Mick is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible".

"I really hate letting you down like this", he wrote.

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"I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can".

"Once again, huge apologies to everyone".

The source said the surgery is to replace a valve in his heart. Mechanical valves can last decades but require patients to go on blood thinners, while tissue valves tend to last 12 to 15 years but can also be fixed through less-invasive procedures. "The prognosis is good and this kind of surgery has a high success rate". If anyone can pull it back, Mick can.

If left untreated, a blocked artery or damaged valve could lead to a heart attack, which would have far worse consequences for Jagger.

It has not been confirmed what is wrong with Jagger, but the British Heart Foundation website explains what causes the need for heart valve surgery.

Each valve has flaps that open and close during each heartbeat. This can disrupt the blood flow through the heart to the body.

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