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Sam Smith cancels tour because of vocal cord issue

Sam Smith is ready to give his vocal cords a rest.

The British singer has pulled out of his upcoming Australian tour after being diagnosed with "a small hemorrhage on my vocal cords."

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The Grammy winner took to Instagram with the bad news, writing, "I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour. I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney I had a small hemorrhage on my vocal cords. 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. I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. This kills me."

Smith scrapped sold-out gigs in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, as well as a scheduled appearance at the TV industry's annual Logie Awards. He's planning to reschedule the shows for December.