Sam Smith Ordered to Undergo Vocal Cord Surgery

by Antoinette Bueno 1:29 PM PDT, May 07, 2015
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After previously being diagnosed with a small hemorrhage on his vocal cords, Sam Smith must now undergo surgery.

The 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer announced the bad news on Thursday.

"I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I am going to need surgery," Smith Instagrammed. "I'm so gutted to be missing all the shows and events I was meant to be playing at. The doctors say I will be back in 6-8 weeks and I cannot wait to sing for you all soon."

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Smith said his operation is scheduled for next week, and admitted he's "really nervous."

Obviously, his fans are too given his soulful voice that earned him four GRAMMYs in February. He's also now been forced to cancel upcoming tour dates in Japan, the Philippines, France and Monaco throughout May and June.

"Very upset about Japan and Manila dates," he Instagrammed on Monday. "I've just left Australia and I'm on my way to the states to see a specialist to see what to do from there... This is fu**ing horrid."

Late last month, after canceling his Australian tour, he admitted that his constant appearances have caught up to him.

"I have been vocally exhausted for a while now ...The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue," he wrote. "I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. This kills me."

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Other musicians that have underwent vocal cord surgery include John Mayer in 2011, and fellow British singer Adele, also in 2011.