Veteran rocker David Bowie underwent heart surgery last month (JUN04) after axing the remainder of his European tour with severe shoulder pain.

The LIFE ON MARS star was rushed to hospital in Germany, days after collapsing on stage in the Czech Republic on 23 June (04), with what was reported to have been a pinched nerve.

However, his spokesman has now revealed the singer underwent an angioplasty procedure to treat "an acutely blocked artery".

But the representative has assured fans that Bowie - who had a mesh-like metal device inserted into his artery during the complicated procedure - is making a good recovery.

He says, "He is at home in New York convalescing with his wife and daughter."

Surgeons operated on Bowie after he struggled thorough his performance at the HURRICANE FESTIVAL in Schessel on 25 June (04). The singer was released from ST GEORG HOSPITAL in Hamburg earlier this week (begs05JUL04).

09/07/2004 02:21