07/03/2014 06:44 GMT | Updated 07/03/2014 06:59 GMT

Russell Brand Cancels Live Gig After Mother Is Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Russell Brand has pulled out of a sold-out show on his current Messiah Complex tour to be by his mother's side after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The comedian and actor was due to take to the stage at the Assembly Rooms in Derby but cancelled the gig, citing 'family reasons'.

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Russell Brand with his mum Barbara

He has since taken to Twitter to tell fans that his mum, Barbara, is unwell.

“Sorry to eff you around with gigs. My Mum ain’t well," he tweeted.

He later confirmed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer on his daily YouTube show, 'The Trews', whilst also airing his views about cuts in the NHS.

The 38-year-old star has a close relationship with his mum who raised him alone after splitting from his father when he was just six months old.

She survived uterus cancer when Russell was eight years old and breast cancer only a year later.

Still no official confirmation on when Russell will return to the stage on his Messiah Complex tour but it is believed he will be back for shows in Plymouth and London this weekend.

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