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13 December 2017, 12:27 | Updated: 13 December 2017, 15:02
The comedian has taken to social media to share the news that he is cancelling all of his "upcoming work projects".
Peter Kay has been forced to cancel his upcoming stand-up dates.
The comedian announced his first live shows in eight years last month, but now has taken to social media to share that he "deeply" regrets that he's had to cancel all "upcoming work projects".
Read his full statement below:
Statement from Peter Kay: pic.twitter.com/gYhZkq12Q1— Peter Kay (@peterkay_co_uk) December 13, 2017
Taking to Twitter, the Phoenix Nights star wrote: "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 will 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. One again, I'm very sorry."
The Bolton comedian added that customers for his Live Arena Tour and Dance for Life shows will be refunded from their original point of purchase and shared a link to Cancer Research UK, which Dance for Life was in aid of.
People have already begun to react to the news on Twitter, with most fans respecting the comedian's decision and sending their and prayers thoughts to his family.
Family always comes first, sending my well wishes to you.— hannah (@hannawwh) December 13, 2017
I didn't get tickets this time. I hope Peter and his family are okay and whatever has happened that he gets through it.— Paul Gannon (@paulgannon) December 13, 2017
Full respect We’ll see you when you’re back on tour.— Rachel White (@rachelwhite09) December 13, 2017
take as much time as u need and look aftert ur family— Ross Patzelt (@rosspatzelt) December 13, 2017
Tours come and go but you're only blessed with one family. Best wishes and good luck. We'll all be waiting if you decide you wanna hit the road again.— PieHard13 (@Zombie_1369) December 13, 2017
Omg wishing you and your family well. It's quite right to put your family first xx— katie marks (@katelouisem) December 13, 2017
No need to be sorry. Family always comes first!— Sam #ATeam (@DJ_Meekz) December 13, 2017
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