Sir Michael Palin cancels book tour to undergo heart surgery

Sir Michael Palin has revealed he will undergo surgery in September to fix a heart valve.

The Monty Python star's forthcoming book tour across the UK in October has been cancelled so he can recover.

The comedian and TV veteran said he hopes to feel "better than normal" following a three-month recovery period.

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Sir Michael Palin from London is made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Sir Michael Palin after he was awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
Michael Palin at the British Academy (BAFTA) Television Craft Awards at The Brewery, Chiswell Street (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Michael Palin attending the UK premiere of The Death of Stalin, held at the Curzon Chelsea, London. Picture Date: Tuesday 17 October. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Michael Palin reads a letter during the first night of the Letters Live series at the Freemason's Hall, London.
(L-R) Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin attend The Beatles: Eight Days A Week premiere at Leicester Square, London. Thursday September 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
(L-R) Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin attend The Beatles: Eight Days A Week premiere at Leicester Square, London. Thursday September 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
Michael Palin attends the launch of the new Clangers series at the Ham Yard Hotel, London.
Michael Palin attends the launch of the new Clangers series at the Ham Yard Hotel, London.
Host David Walliams and Michael Palin (left) as he attends a Life in Television Q and A hosted by BAFTA at the David Lean Room, BAFTA, London.
(left to right) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones from Monty Python at a photocall before their series of live dates which start at the O2 Arena.
Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese are seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
Michael Palin and Eric Idle are seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
Michael Palin seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle and John Cleese are seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
David Beckham with Michael Palin after being quizzed about his new TV show 'David Beckham, Into The Unknown', at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.
Eric Idle, John Cleese and Michael Palin during the filming of the New Year's Eve Graham Norton Show, at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Tuesday evening.
John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Norton, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam during the filming of the New Year's Eve Graham Norton Show, at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Tuesday evening.
Michael Palin during a signing session for his new book, Brazil, at WH Smiths in Nottingham.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Terry GIlliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to announce the new Monty Python reunion Stage Show , at the Corithia Hotel, London.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Terry GIlliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to announce the new Monty Python reunion Stage Show , at the Corithia Hotel, London.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry GIlliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to announce the new Monty Python reunion Stage Show , at the Corithia Hotel, London.
Terry Jones (left) and Michael Palin attend the unveiling of a British comedy society plaque outside The Angle Inn in Highgate, London, dedicated to former Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
Michael Palin as he takes part in the first Ripping Yarns hopathon to mark the DVD release of Ripping Yarns The Complete Series.
Michael Palin (right) and Terry Jones (left) take part in the first Ripping Yarns hopathon to mark the DVD release of Ripping Yarns The Complete Series.
Michael Palin launches the Britain from the Air street gallery exhibition with a giant outdoor walk-on map of Britain placed outside the Bath Abbey, Bath.
The Prince of Wales speaks with actor Michael Palin (centre) and Schools Secretary, Ed Balls during a reception to thank supporters of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, held at Clarence House, London.
Michael Palin during a photocall and signing for his book 'Around the World in 80 Days 20th Anniversary Edition', at Stanfords bookshop in Covent Garden, central London.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats to Michael Palin during a reception to celebrate the legacy of Royal Film Performance at Clarence House on February 19, 2008.
Michael,Palin (L), Lord Attenborough and actor Peter O'Toole chat during a reception to celebrate the legacy of Royal Film Performance at Clarence House on February 19, 2008.
Ben Elton (L) and Michael Palin arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, Friday March 3 2006, for the memorial service for comedian Ronnie Barker. The eulogy will be delivered by Ronnie Corbett. See PA story MEMORIAL Barker. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture credit should read: Cathal McNaughton/PA
Director Terry Gilliam (centre) with fellow Monty Python members Michael Palin (left) and Terry Jones, at the Times BFI London Film Festival screening of 'The Brothers Grimm', at the Odeon West End Cinema, Leicester Square, central London, Monday 31 October 2005 . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA.
Michael Palin and Fiona Bruce.
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Sir Michael, 76, wrote on his blog: "Five years ago, a routine health check revealed a leaky mitral valve in my heart.

"Until the beginning of this year it had not affected my general level of fitness.

"Recently, though, I have felt my heart having to work harder and have been advised it's time to have the valve repaired.

"I shall be undergoing surgery in September and should be back to normal, or rather better than normal, within three months."

Referring to a quote from Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life, Sir Michael called the post The Machine That Goes "Ping!".

Sir Michael, also known for his travel documentaries and books, was due to head out across the UK from October 16-30 to talk about his new book, North Korea Journal, which follows his 2018 Channel 5 documentary about his experience in the secretive nation.

Publisher Penguin said that all tickets to the tour will be refunded.

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