Cult singer/songwriter Cat Power has cancelled her American tour citing "health reasons", just days before it was due to kick off in Memphis, Tennessee.

THE GREATEST star Power - real name CHAN MARSHALL - had been due to start her US trek on Saturday (11FEB06).

In an online statement, her record label Matador says: "Out of respect for Chan's privacy, we can't give more detailed information, but we hope and assume that you'll respect her privacy during this time as well."

All dates will be rescheduled. At the time of writing, Cat Power's March gigs in London and Paris, France, are slated go ahead.