Morrissey may retire from music

Updated: Mar 19, 2013, 12:28 PM IST

Washington: Morrissey, who is currently battling a catalogue of ailments including pneumonia , a bleeding ulcer and a throat condition has hinted that he is retiring from music following weeks of illness.

The 53-year-old axed 22 dates on his North American tour at the weekend and has been frequently forced to postpone the concerts due to his poor health.

The former ` Smiths` frontman has admitted in a statement that he`s reached his "physical limits" but hopes that this isn`t the end, the Sun reported

"It takes a lifetime to find the right words, and at the moment, I haven`t got them," he wrote.

"I`ve been a colossal pain where this continuously unpredictable illness is concerned, and now the physical limits have been reached.

"The tour had, in fact, been fantastic for all of us - a new slice of life full of concentrated power. The audiences everywhere have given so much, although I know that neither of us will ever receive our due," the singer said.

"I hope this isn`t the end, and I hope there will be other chances, minus the heavy burden of illness. Knots of grief today, but full of resolve for tomorrow," he added.