Monty Python actor Michael Palin has cancelled an upcoming book tour to undergo heart surgery later this year.
The 76-year-old was scheduled to tour the UK in October to promote his latest book, Erebus: The Story of a Ship, but has been forced to scrap the jaunt due to health issues.
Announcing the news in a statement, Michael said: ‘Five years ago, a routine health check revealed a leaky mitral valve in my heart. Until the beginning of this year it had not affected my general level of fitness.
‘Recently, though, I have felt my heart having to work harder and have been advised it’s time to have the valve repaired.’
The mitral valve is a small flap that controls the blood flow in the heart. According to the NHS, this type of surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic.
Michael assured fans of his recovery post surgery and added: ‘I shall be undergoing surgery in September and should be back to normal, or rather better than normal, within three months.’
Just last month, Michael received a knighthood from Prince William at Buckingham Palace and joked that he ‘will probably be the only’ Monty Python star to be bestowed with the honour.
After receiving the knighthood, Michael told the BBC of his conversation with Prince William: ‘He talked about where I was going next, any parts of the world I really wanted to go that I hadn’t already.’
The actor was referring to his acclaimed travel series’ for the BBC, which have included Great Railway Journeys of the World.
While he is best known for Monty Python, Michael won the best actor in a supporting role Bafta for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda.
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