Richard Dawkins stroke causes cancellation of New Zealand and Australia tour dates

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Richard Dawkins. Photo: David Shankbone (used under the Creative Commons licence).

74-year-old Kenyan born British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer Richard Dawkins has been forced to cancel his New Zealand and Australia tour after suffering what his management have described as a ‘minor stroke’.

Despite suffering the minor stroke on Saturday, The God Delusion author has since returned home from hospital and is expected to make a “full or near full recovery”.

However, it has meant that he has had to postpone the Australian and New Zealand leg of his ‘My Life in Science’ tour which was due to begin in Sydney on February 28 before moving to Brisbane and Melborne before appearing in Wellington on March 4.

The ‘My Life in Science’ tour is based around his second memoir ‘Brief Candle in the Dark’ and “highlights of his scientific journey and his passionate engagement in debate as a leader of the resurgent Atheist movement”.

“On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery. He is already at home recuperating.

“This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour. He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future.

“On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery. He is already at home recuperating.

“This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour. He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future.”

– Sydney Opera House Website Statement

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