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Insane Clown Posse, ailing Violent J announce ‘farewell tour’

There’ll be no more clowning around. 

Insane Clown Posse has announced their farewell tour amid rock star Violent J’s severe heart failure diagnosis. 

“It’s very embarrassing and very not cool to have to say you’re taking a step backward,” J, 49, told fans during the annual Gathering of the Juggalos music festival in Ohio over the weekend. 

“This doesn’t mean I’m going to die or anything like that,” the “Hokus Pokus” performer assured the crowd in a video posted to YouTube, adding that it “means basically we can’t do things the way we used to do them.”

“We can’t really tour no more the way we were touring,” he continued, adding that the concert series will be a “slow tour,” consisting of only “three or four shows a week.”

Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope announced Insane Clown Posse's farewell tour amid J's declining health.
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope announced Insane Clown Posse’s farewell tour amid J’s declining health.
Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Owing to his declining health, Violent J — real name Joseph Bruce — revealed that he and bandmate Shaggy 2 Dope, a k a 47-year-old Joseph Utsler, will be taking their act around the globe one final time in 2022.  

“We’re gonna do one more tour next year around the world,” J said, according to Loudwire. “We’re gonna do the United States, and then we’re gonna go to Europe, Canada and Australia.

“It’s gonna be a farewell tour.”

The Detroit native went on to detail the gravity of his harrowing heart condition.  

“For those of you that haven’t been to my house,” the emcee said to the audience. “The studio is probably 40 yards from my front door. I noticed walking out to the studio every day, by the time I got to the f – – king studio, I was winded.”

His incapacities didn’t stop there. 

The Insane Clown Posse rock star has undergone several treatments in order to regulate his heart.
The Insane Clown Posse rock star has undergone several treatments in order to regulate his heart.
Amy Harris/Invision/AP

“Then when I’d walk up to my mailbox, I’d be like, ‘Oh f – – k, I’ve got to take a break.’ What the f – – k’s the problem?” J added. 

After suffering in silence for several weeks, the “Boogie Woogie Wu” rhymer went to the hospital for testing. 

Doctors ultimately determined that he had severe atrial fibrillation —or AFib — which is a sustained cardiac arrhythmia that causes the upper chambers of the heart to beat at an extremely rapid and irregular pace. 

“That scared the s – – t out of me,” J said of his diagnosis. 

He explained that physicians placed him on a number of medications and subjected him to several intense medical procedures. 

During one procedure, specialists entered the body through his leg in order to burn off a scar that had formed on his heart due to the irregular beating. 

The Insane Clown Posse rock star has undergone several treatments in order to regulate his heart.
Doctors ultimately determined that J had severe atrial fibrillation, or AFib.
Amy Harris/Invision/AP

“They burned the scar off,” he said. “And when I woke up, they said, ‘your [heart is] beating normal. But it could flip back at any moment from now until six years from now.’ ”

And although J admitted that his doctors advised against regularly performing live shows, he guaranteed ICP fans that his ailing heart won’t stop the music. 

“[This] don’t mean we’re not playing,” he said. “We’re gonna play every Juggalo weekend, every Hallowicked, every f – – king [Big Ballers Christmas Party], every event.”

The clown-crazy crowd cheered as J expounded on the “Neden Game” group’s plans to continue rocking the microphone.    

“We’re gonna do a show somewhere every month — one show a month is our plan,” he said. “I want to make it clear: making music is not affected in any way, shape or form by anything going on with Shaggy or myself health-wise.”

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