Mick undergoes urgent surgery following months of speculation over his health – after Kings X drummer Gaskill suffers cardio attack

Mick Jones of Foreigner

Urgent: Mick Jones

Foreigner mainman Mick Jones last week underwent urgent heart surgery, it’s been reported.

The guitarist was checked into Miami, Florida’s Mount Sinai Heart Institute after months of speculation over his health.

The New York Post reports he responded well to the treatment and was moved from intensive care to a regular attention ward at the end of last week. A source tells the paper: “The surgery was more urgent because Mick had needed it for some time.”

Jones missed a number of shows in 2011 supporting Foreigner’s most recent album Can’t Slow Down, but the reason for his absence wasn’t explained. The move resulted in the band performing without any original members for the first time in its career.

Meanwhile, Kings X have cancelled their upcoming touring plans after drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a heart attack. Frontman Dug Pinnick tells fans: “He was operated on and is in stable condition. He woke up pulling cords out – he’s feisty! That’s a good sign. It can only get better now.”

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