Plácido Domingo hospitalised after pulmonary embolism

10 July 2013, 09:43 | Updated: 10 July 2013, 09:56

The Spanish operatic tenor Plácido Domingo has been taken to hospital after suffering from a blood clot in his lung.

The pulmonary embolism has caused the tenor to pull out of five performances of Il Postino (by Daniel Catán) at the Madrid Royal Theatre later in July, as well as a conducting performance due on July 21st at Madrid's Plaza Major.

According to a statement on his official website, Domingo is being treated at a hospital in Madrid, where he is "being successfully treated for a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep vein thrombosis."

His publicist Nancy Seltzer confirmed to Reuters that he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming three-four weeks, commenting: "He's doing very well and responding very well to treatment.

He tweeted this morning, thanking well-wishers for their support: "Eternally grateful and overwhelmed by the outpour of good wishes and sympathy from all of you Thank you all from the bottom of my heart."

Domingo is still due to appear at both the Salzburg Festival and the Verona Opera House in August.

The tenor suffered from a bout of colon cancer back in 2010, but was back to full performing strength after only 6 weeks' recovery time.