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The special star was diagnosed with a serious illness and the band canceled all tour dates

The special star was diagnosed with a serious illness and the band canceled all tour dates

The Specials have canceled all tour dates due to Neville Staple's diagnosis of a heart defect (Image: Getty)

Specials star Neville Staple has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

Legendary ska frontman Neville, 68, was diagnosed with a “severe heart defect” and had to stop performing and touring.

The band announced the news on Thursday, confirming that the singer would no longer be performing live, but provided a positive update that his health condition was “stabilizing.”

They wrote that Neville was diagnosed with the disorder in December and has since been treated at three different hospitals.

Specialists prescribed treatments and medications to control the symptoms, and “fortunately, the situation appears stable.”

He added: “However, experts have decided that Neville should take a complete break from live performing and touring.”

Neville is said to be “devastated” by the decision as he “loves acting”.

Neville and The Specials' shows were scheduled to take place in 2024 and beyond, and they will all be cancelled.

The legendary ska band shared the news in a statement on Thursday (PictureL Getty)

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Neville is 'devastated' that he had to abandon his performance (Image: Getty)

Neville knows his fans and followers will understand the decision that has to be made and wants them to know that he is in good hands with his medical team, wife and family. Thank you all for your love and support over the years and hope to see you soon.

Neville is still involved in charities etc. “He hopes to attend shows, but he won't be performing live.”

The Specials are one of the most famous ska bands of all time and are still very popular in certain circles; He regularly tours the UK and Europe.

They will play dozens of shows in 2024, including several sold-out shows in London.

The band is best known for their hits “A Letter to Rudy”, “Ghost Town” and “You're Rudy”.

The Specials star Terry Hall, who was Neville's co-singer, died aged 63 in December 2022, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

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