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Not funny Jason Byrne tells fans to 'get yourself checked' after heart issue forces gig cancellations

'I went to A&E... got loads of tests and eventually they found three blockages so around early October, we're going to have to get a couple of stents thrown in'

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Comedian Jason Byrne

Comedian Jason Byrne

Comedian Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne has urged his fans to “go and get yourself checked” after he was forced to cancel a series of tour dates due to a heart condition. 

The 49-year-old comedian pulled out of part of his British tour and a Vicar Street gig when the worrying issue emerged recently.

In a video posted to his Twitter page, he explained that after going for a run recently, he felt pains in his chest.

"I went to A&E... got loads of tests and eventually they found three blockages so around early October, we're going to have to get a couple of stents thrown in," he said.

"Before anybody jumps on, no it was not the vaccine.

"I had... heart professors all around me telling me exactly what was wrong with me, so my heart hasn't enlarged, there's no blood clots, it's actually hereditary."

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Comedian Jason Byrne and TV presenter Sinead Quinlan launch MIND YOUR LOAF

Comedian Jason Byrne and TV presenter Sinead Quinlan launch MIND YOUR LOAF

Comedian Jason Byrne and TV presenter Sinead Quinlan launch MIND YOUR LOAF

"I'm fit and I'm underweight and I don't smoke and I don't barely ever drink, so I plead to anybody out there - just go and get yourself checked because you don't even know that you'll have any clogging up in your arteries," he said.

However, he hopes to be back on tour at the start of November and is working hard to reschedule the cancelled gigs.

He added: "I'll be back on tour hopefully at the start of November if all goes well, which it will go well, it's just stents. See youse all soon, sorry, sorry, sorry.”

While the cancellations will mostly affect his British tour, Byrne was set to perform as part of the Vision Live at Vicar Street series on 3 October in a line-up also including Barry Murphy, Ian Coppinger, Sinéad Quinlan and Willie White.

Ticketmaster has announced that Tommy Tiernan will perform in place of Byrne for the Vision show and wished Byrne a speedy recovery.

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