Russell Brand cancels tour dates after mother's breast cancer diagnosis

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Russell Brand is taking time off to be with his mother in her time of need.

After the comedian's mother Barbara got diagnosed with breast cancer, Brand has canceled two dates of his "Messiah Complex" tour.

Brand took to Twitter to apologize to his fans. "Sorry to eff you around with gigs," Brand writes. "My mum ain't well. Tix will be honoured or refunded."

On Wednesday (March 5), Brand posted a video blog to announce his mother's diagnosis. "My mother has currently got breast cancer," Brand says. He also noted that she's attending support groups.

Brand and his mother have always been close. We are keeping the Brand family in our thoughts.

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