Janet Jackson illness identified

Singer cancelled shows due to bout of vertigo

The illness that forced Janet Jackson to cancel a string of shows on her ‘Rock Witchu’ tour has been revealed.

It turns out Jackon was suffering from a rare form of migraine called vestibular migraine, or migraine-associated vertigo, according to E! News. The effects of the condition are dizziness caused by a bad headache.

She was taken to hospital in Montreal with a mysterious illness on September 29, which ultimately caused the cancellation of nine shows, including one at Madison Square Garden in New York which has been rescheduled for November 1.


Jackson is expected to resume her tour tonight (October 15) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The remaining dates are:

Washington, DC Verizon Center (October 15)

East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center (17)

Atlanta, GA Philips Arena (19)


Houston, TX Toyota Center (21)

Dallas, TX American Airlines Center (22)

Kansas City, MO Sprint Center (24)

Tulsa, OK BOK Center (26)

Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills (28)

New York, NY Madison Square Garden (November 1)

–By our New York staff.

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