Rock star Eric Clapton, suffering from a perforated ulcer,...

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Rock star Eric Clapton, suffering from a perforated ulcer, was released from a month-long stay in the hospital but he probably will not be able to tour until next year, hospital officials say.

Clapton, 36, was discharged Thursday from United Hospitals.


Spokesman Larry McNeny said Clapton will remain in Minnesota for several weeks to rest and undergo more tests.

The musician was hospitalized March 14, suffering from a perforated ulcer, and was forced to cancel 51 dates of his tour. McNeny said he likely will not begin touring again until next year.

Doctors said recent tests showed 90 percent of the ulceration had healed, but Clapton will continue to take medication and follow a strict diet.

During the past month, Clapton left the hospital only for a few hours at a time, McNeny said. He entertained himself by fishing and attending Minnesota Twins and Minnesota North Stars games.

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