David Bowie Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

Rocker recuperating from emergency angioplasty to open acutely blocked heart artery.

The shoulder pain that caused David Bowie to cut short a performance in Prague, Czech Republic, and ultimately cancel his European tour was due to a problem more serious than a pinched nerve.

Following a performance on June 25 at a festival in Scheesel, Germany, Bowie underwent emergency angioplasty to open an acutely blocked heart artery, according to a statement from his publicist.

After the abbreviated set in Prague on June 23, a spokesperson for the musician issued a statement citing the continuing pain from a pinched nerve as the reason the remaining 11 dates of his European tour were canceled (see “David Bowie Cancels Tour Due To Shoulder Injury” ).

“I’m so pissed off because the last 10 months of this tour have been so f—ing fantastic,” Bowie said in a 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.”

Bowie was able to leave the clinic earlier this week and is recuperating at home with his family. He hopes to return to work in August.