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Dirty Pretty Things frontman in hospital with acute pancreatitis

Carl Barat's summer isn't off to a flying start
Carl Barat's summer isn't off to a flying start

Something must be in the air, what with music stars suddenly being hospitalized. The latest incident involves Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat, who has been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis by doctors at a hospital in London.

The singer was admitted to the unnamed hospital yesterday (June 17) suffering with stomach pains. According to a statement from the band, Barat is being kept under observation over the weekend and faces the possibility of an operation.

Dirty Pretty Things scheduled appearance at Hackney Round Chapel on Friday (June 20) has now been cancelled. A decision on other imminent band commitments is expected to be made shortly.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis is often, but not always, caused by gallstones or by alcohol abuse.

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