Comedian Peter Kay has cancelled his entire 2018 arena tour, it has just been announced.
A statement posted to Kay's Twitter said: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.
"This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.
"My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.
"I've always endeavoured to protect my family's privacy from the media. "I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I'm very sorry."
Kay announced the 26-date tour back in November - which would have been his first stand-up tour in eight years. It was due to start in March 2018, running through to April 2019, starting at Birmingham's Genting Arena on Sat 21 April 2018 and ending at Liverpool's Echo Arena in March 2019.
Kay first came to public attention with his video show Live At The Top of The Tower in 2000. He then soared to TV stardom after writing and starring in the cult sitcom Phoenix Nights between 2001-2002 and the spin-off series Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere in 2004. In recent years he has been starring in Peter Kay's Car Share, a sitcom set entirely in a car on the drive to and from work.
His last tour in 2010 played to over 1.2 million people and still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time.
The statement also said: "Customers for Peter Kay's Live Arena Tour and Dance for Life shows will be refunded from their original point of purchase and any specific and any specific ticket queries should be directed to them.
"As Dance for Live is a charitable event in aid of Cancer Research UK, ticket holders may, if they wish, still donate to Cancer Research UK by visiting www.cancerresearchuk.org."
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