U2's Bono Denies Chest Pains Report

Routine checkup, band spokeswoman insists

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:30 AM CDT
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Bono's okay, according to his people.

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It isn't chest pains and it isn't even vertigo, insists Bono. Just a routine checkup.

The U2 frontman denied reports he had been taken to the hospital after complaining of chest pains while on vacation in the south of France. Bono, 51, did go to Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, but his spokeswoman said it was for a routine checkup.

"Despite press stories to the contrary, Bono has not suffered a recent health scare," the spokeswoman said in a statement on the band's website. "Reports of his being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment are untrue. Bono is in good health and enjoying a family holiday in the south of France."

The scare was reported by the Irish Independent newspaper and picked up by several outlets. U2 recently completed a record-breaking world tour.

Bono, 51, has had health problems recently, in the form of a back injury

group was forced to cancel several gigs in 2010 and pulled out of the Glastonbury music festival when Bono injured his back while rehearsing in Germany for the tour. But he recovered in time to resume the grueling schedule and the band recently performed at Glastonbury this summer.

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