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Paul McCartney Hospitalized In Japan After Contracting Virus, Canceling Shows

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Paul McCartney meets fans and signs copies of his album 'New' at HMV, Oxford Street on October 18, 2013 in London, England. Ian Gavan--Getty Images

The 71-year-old former Beatle was hospitalized in Tokyo this week after contracting a virus while on tour, which prompted him to cancel his Asia performances

Paul McCartney was hospitalized in Tokyo this week after canceling a string of shows in Asia due to an illness.

The former Beatle contracted a virus while on tour, which initially led to the cancellation of shows on May 17, 18 and 19. When his condition didn’t improve, he cancelled the remainder of his Asia performances — including a concert in Seoul scheduled for May 28 — and went to a hospital in Tokyo for treatment.

“Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo,” a statement posted on his website Thursday night read. “He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world.”

The 71-year-old singer/songwriter has said he will reschedule the Asia dates. An 18-show U.S. leg of his tour is still set to kick off on June 14.

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