Comedian Peter Kay has cancelled his stand-up tour “due to unforeseen family circumstances”.
The 44-year-old, who was due to start his first tour in eight years next April, said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”
Kay said he was “very sorry” and that he hoped the media and public would respect his family’s privacy.
He was due to host 109 nights from next April until March 2019 at cities including the likes of Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Dublin.
“Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all my upcoming work projects,” a statement read on Twitter.
“This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding 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 public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I’m very sorry.”
Fans who have tickets for the cancelled shows will get refunds from the point of purchase where they bought the tickets.