Comedian Peter Kay has issued a statement via MCD that he will be cancelling all his forthcoming work commitments including his upcoming stand-up tour which was due to visit Dublin and Belfast in early 2019. 

The statement reads:

"Due to unforeseen family circumstances I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects. This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.

I've always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I'm very sorry."

Kay has been married since 2001, and he and his wife have one son. 

Customers who purchased tickets online will be automatically refunded, while those who bought tickets in person will be able to get a refund from the point of purchase from tomorrow.