Morrissey on recent health problems: ‘I officially died for nine minutes. That was fun’

Former Smiths frontman addresses an incident that took place in South America during 2013

Morrissey has discussed his numerous recent health scares, stating that he once “officially died” for “nine minutes”.

The former Smiths frontman admitted in October 2014 that he had undergone a series of cancer-related treatments, stating in an interview: “They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t.”

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Now, speaking to Alternative Nation, Moz addressed an incident that took place during his South American tour in 2013 where he was hospitalised for food poisoning, forcing him to cancel a series of dates. Asked what places he’s looking forward to visiting on his upcoming tour, the singer replied: “I’m also always excited to be in South America, even though the last visit to Peru gave me food poisoning and I officially died for nine minutes. That was fun​”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Morrissey appeared to criticise Barack Obama, allegedly accusing the US President of not “support[ing] black people” and seeming “white inside”.

Morrissey said: “Obama has mystified me because he doesn’t appear to support black people when they need it most. Ferguson being an obvious example. If Michael Brown had instead been one of Obama’s daughters, I don’t think Obama would be insisting that the nation support the so-called security forces! How can they be called security forces if they make the people feel insecure? Obama seems to be white inside.”

Morrissey recently spoke out following Ireland’s historic gay marriage referendum vote, applauding the Irish public’s decision to legalise gay marriage but criticising the country for ongoing animal cruelty.

He wrote: “Congratulations to Ireland. The people, once again, teach the church. The people, once again, teach the politicians. Now, Ireland, please abolish fur farms and factory-farming and transportation of live animals, and welcome yourself completely into the 21st century.”