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 [article id="1488774"]"David Bowie Cancels Tour Due To Shoulder Injury"[/article]).

"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.