Singer Russell Watson is to have emergency surgery today (Oct. 25) to remove a new and aggressive brain tumor, his manager said.

Singer Russell Watson is to have emergency surgery today (Oct. 25) to remove a new and aggressive brain tumor, his manager said. The 40-year-old tenor was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheshire, England, after a scan found the tumor.

The father of two young daughters had a brain tumor removed a year ago at St George's Hospital in London.

"He will be having emergency surgery to remove a new tumor that has only made itself known in the last 48 hours," his manager Richard Thompson said. "This is a new tumor and a far more aggressive tumor than the one before."

The extent of the new growth was uncovered by an MRI scan last night, he added. Watson fell ill as he finished making a new album. A statement on Watson's Web site said he was in a critical condition. "All our hopes, prayers and wishes are with him," it added.

The former factory worker from Salford, who is known as "the Voice," got his first big break singing to the crowd before a football match in 1999.


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