Songwriting legend and Toy Story composer Randy Newman has been forced to cancel his European tour after discovering his neck was broken.

The 78-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter said he had been "really looking forward to" performing in Europe but has rescheduled his An Evening With Randy Newman tour, which had been due to start in March.

Among the concerts that will have to be rearranged are two his two nights at Vicar St in Dublin on March 15 and 16.

In a statement, Newman said: "Recently, I noticed I was shrinking. People over whom I had towered now towered over me.

"Turns out, my neck was broken."

Newman, who also created music for Monsters Inc and Monsters University, said he had had a "successful" operation but he has to take extended recovery time. "The doctor said I'm not quite ready to tour," he added.

"I was really looking forward to coming to Europe to perform. I miss performing a great deal and I look forward to a time when I can come.

"I'm sorry I won’t see you this time but I will see you soon."

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His best-known songs as a recording artist include Short People, I Love LA, and Toy Story theme You've Got a Friend in Me.

Other artists have enjoyed success with cover versions of his songs with the likes of Mama Told Me Not to Come, I Think It's Going to Rain Today and Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear.