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VIDEO: Russell Brand cancelled Plymouth show due to mother's cancer diagnosis

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

By SAM BLACKLEDGE Herald reporter

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COMEDIAN Russell Brand postponed his gig in Plymouth after his mother Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, it has been reported.

The stand comic was due to perform at the Pavilions on Saturday, but pulled out due to “family illness”.

Brand posted a message on Twitter saying: “Sorry to eff you around with gigs. My mum ain’t well. Tix will be honoured or refunded.”

He also posted a video on YouTube in which he said: “My mother has currently got breast cancer.”

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Brand’s mother Barbara single-handedly brought him up in Essex after his father Ron Brand left the family home when Russell was just six months old.

She was first diagnosed with cancer when, he details in his autobiography My Booky Wook, he was “too young, in fact, to properly comprehend what was happening, only old enough to sense the tingling presence of fear.”

A spokesman for the Pavilions said: “We regret to announce that due to family illness Russell Brand has postponed the return of his Messiah Complex show to Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday, March 8.

“The show will now take place on Tuesday, April 15.”

Ticket holders will be able to attend the new date using their tickets for Saturday.

The spokesman continued: “Here at the Pavilions, and on behalf of everyone involved we extend our apologies and look forward to another great night with Russell in April.”

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