Rocker Johnny Marr has axed the remaining dates on his North American tour due to a "serious close family illness".

The former The Smiths guitarist was slated to wrap up 2014 with dates on America's West Coast, but he has been forced to cancel the 10 final gigs.

A statement from Marr on his official website reads: "I'm really disappointed to not be able to play the shows. The touring has been so enjoyable for me and the band and the audiences have been great everywhere.

"If it was about just me being unwell I would've found a way to continue as I did when I broke my hand earlier in the year, but to not be there for one of my family is not right. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages. See you soon. Johnny."

Marr previously cancelled gigs in Canada over the weekend (06-07Dec14), and the axed upcoming stops include shows in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Ironically, Marr's former bandmate Morrissey was also forced to cancel a number of performances in Europe, citing travel problems for missing out on concerts in Greece and Turkey over the weekend (05-07Dec14).

He has rescheduled the concerts he missed but axed another three shows in Switzerland and the Netherlands on Monday (08Dec14). He has not given a reason for the cancellations, although he has been battling illness on tour in recent months.