Bauhaus icon Peter Murphy gives health update after suffering heart attack

Peter Murphy (Image credit: Sergione Infuso/Corbis - Getty)

Earlier this month, Bauhaus (opens in new tab) vocalist Peter Murphy was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack in New York.

The medical emergency occurred before his planned residency show at the city’s Le Poisson Rouge (opens in new tab), with Murphy becoming unwell after complaining of a shortness of breath.

The vocalist has now given an update and says he’s made a full recovery.

Murphy says: “Following my recent episode in New York City with my heart attack and being admitted into Lenox Hill Hospital and seeing myself go through the rigours of intensive care, I am very happy to say that I have made a full recovery. 

“Thanks to the superb team of doctors, specialists, nurses and care staff. I am so glad to say I am up and running again.

“My tour manager Brian Lowe and my assistant Chantal Thomas were directly instrumental in saving my life and to whom I cannot thank enough. 

“I also want to thank every single friend and fan who has been supporting me throughout this ordeal. I remain grateful especially to my Bauhaus band mates .

Murphy has also urged people to make a donation to The American Heart Association (opens in new tab) rather than send him flowers or gifts.

Murphy was due to play a further four shows at Le Poisson Rouge, with newly rescheduled dates to be announced in due course. 

Last year, Murphy and bassist David J toured across Europe to celebrate Bauhaus' 40th anniversary where they played their 1980 debut album In The Flat Field in full along with other Bauhaus classics.

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