Carl Barat and Dorian Cox hospitalised

Dirty Pretty Things and the Long Blondes cancel their summer tours as two more British indie stars are rushed to hospital this week

Two more British musicians are in hospital this week, for reasons rather more serious than "admin work". The Long Blondes' Dorian Cox is in a serious condition at a Sheffield hospital, while in a separate incident Dirty Pretty Things' Carl Barat was rushed to a London clinic with acute pancreatitis.

Barat was admitted on Tuesday morning, complaining of stomach pains. He has since been diagnosed with a severe inflammation of the pancreas. The former Libertine will undergo further tests and be kept under observation until the weekend, a spokesperson said. An operation may also be necessary. Dirty Pretty Things have accordingly postponed a June 20 fundraiser gig at the London Hackney Round Chapel.

The Long Blondes' Dorian Cox also fell ill last week, according to a band statement. They have not disclosed the manner of illness, but describe the guitarist as being in a "serious condition". "Dorian is improving slowly and we will keep you updated on his condition," the band said. "If you would like to leave a message on MySpace, Facebook, or through the website, we would be glad to pass them on to him when we visit."

The Long Blondes have cancelled upcoming gigs in Istanbul, Glastonbury, London, Milan, Birmingham, Barcelona and Madrid.

On Tuesday evening, just hours after Barat was admitted to hospital, Pete Doherty was dedicating a song to him - but without a word to Barat's medical crisis. Doherty was performing an intimate gig at the Brixton Mass. "I've tried to go and see Dirty Pretty Things twice," he said, "but I got nicked on the way to both. I'd like to dedicate this song to Carlos Barat." It is not clear whether Doherty knew that his former bandmate was in hospital. He then played an acoustic version of the Libertines song You're My Waterloo.

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Sean Michaels

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