Former Smiths singer Morrissey has claimed that he was clinically dead for a total of nine minutes after a bout of food posioning in Peru two years ago.

Morrissey had cancelled 14 South American concerts in 2013, citing serious illness as a result of food poisoning. Speaking to Alternative Nation ahead of his return to the continent, he said: "I’m also always excited to be in South America, even though the last visit to Peru gave me food poisoning and I officially died for nine minutes. That was fun."

The story is just the latest in a series of health scares for Morrissey, who admitted last year that he had been treated for cancer four times, famously saying: "If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t."