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Minogue's cancer shock ends tour


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SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 2004 Grammy winner, who turns 37 on May 28, will undergo immediate treatment and has postponed her upcoming Australian tour, according to a statement released by her promoters in Australia on Tuesday.

"I was so looking forward to bringing the Showgirl tour to Australian audiences," Minogue said in the statement.

"I am sorry to have disappointed my fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine and I'll be back with you all again soon," she said in the statement, released by The Frontier Touring Company.

Minogue's management said she had been staying in Melbourne with her family this week when she was diagnosed with the illness.

Her spectacular Showgirl tour, which has already played in Europe, was scheduled to tour Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth over the next month.

Minogue's promoter Michael Gudinski said he wished her the speediest of recoveries. Ticket holders have been told to await an announcement of new Showgirl dates.

Minogue began her Showgirl world tour with a concert in Glasgow in March. After Australia, the singer was also due to give concerts in Singapore and Hong Kong before returning to the UK for a headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival on June 26.

Minogue's entertainment career began to take off in the mid-1980s when she appeared in the long-running Australian televison program Neighbours as Charlene, the "girl next door".

Over the years she moved through a variety of singing styles and became hugely popular in the UK, Europe and Asia for hits such as "Spinning Around" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head".

She was also one of the artists to perform at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and won a U.S. Grammy award in 2004 for best dance recording.


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