David Bowie underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery last month but is now recovering and hopes to return to work in August. The 57 year-old artist sought treatment in a German hospital

David Bowie underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery last month but is now recovering and hopes to return to work in August. The 57 year-old artist sought treatment in a German hospital on June 25 after complaining of a pinched nerve during the European leg of his A Reality concert tour, according to a statement.

The rock legend underwent an angioplasty operation for an acutely blocked artery and was able to leave the clinic earlier this week. He is now convalescing at home in New York with his family and hopes to start work next month.

"I'm so pissed off because the last 10 months of this tour have been so ... fantastic," Bowie said in the statement. "Can't wait to be fully recovered and get back to work again. I tell you what, though, I won't be writing a song about this one."

Only two days before the surgery, Bowie had been forced to cut short a concert in Prague after playing for an hour and telling fans he had nerve problems in is shoulder. Shortly afterward, he canceled the remaining dates of the European tour.

Bowie's A Reality tour had been anything but smooth. At the start of the tour's North American leg in December, the artist was forced to reschedule several shows due to a bout of the flu.

A May show in Miami was canceled when a local stagehand fell to his death prior to Bowie's performance.


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