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Singer Amy Winehouse has cancelled her comeback gig which was due to have taken place at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire at the end of this month.

The performance was meant to mark the 50th anniversary of her record label, Island Records.

“Amy Winehouse’s management has regretfully announced that Amy and her band will no longer be performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 31st as part of Island’s 50th birthday celebrations,” said a statement on her management company's website.

“Amy would like to apologise to her fans who bought tickets for the show. The show which was also to feature Toots & The Maytals and I Blame Coco has therefore been cancelled. Refunds for tickets will be issued at point of purchase,” the statement said.

The 25-year-old last appeared live in St. Lucia earlier this month but was forced to abandon the concert due to poor weather conditions. Audience members complained that during the brief performance, she appeared to forget the words of her songs and announced that she was “bored”.

The management company gave no reason for Winehouse's cancellation at the Shepherd's Bush venue but there have been persistent reports about the singer's health.

Winehouse, who has had a public struggle with drugs, was taken to hospital in St. Lucia last week complaining of chest pains. Her spokesman told the Daily Mirror: "She was complaining of chest pains so the doctor advised her to come in and she was kept in for observation and then released."

According to the Mirror, Winehouse has also been dropped from a forthcoming tribute album to Quincy Jones. The report says that after Winehouse kept Jones waiting for almost a year to hear some material, he gave up and decided to drop the track.

26 May 2009