LATEST: Franz Ferdinand bassist BOB HARDY has thanked fans for wishing him well as he fights a nasty stomach condition in a Japanese hospital.

The TAKE ME OUT musician was forced to leave the band's Far East tour when he fell sick with gastroenteritis on Saturday night (27NOV04) and was rushed to hospital in Osaka.

Hardy bravely joined his bandmates for the final show of their Japanese tour on Monday (29NOV04), but was immediately ordered back into bed by doctors.

On Franz Ferdinand's website, Hardy writes, "Hello everyone. I'm still recovering from a stomach bug. Thank you for all your messages of support."

02/12/2004 13:51