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Sheryl Crow has a benign brain tumor, but confirms she is fine

Sheryl Crow was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, but please remain calm: it was benign and she is healthy.

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The “Soak Up the Sun” singer, breast cancer survivor and ex-fiancee of cancer survivor Lance Armstrong acknowledged the tumor in passing during an interview with the Las Vegas Journal-Review. That interview was published very early Tuesday morning.

The info about the tumor was picked up Tuesday afternoon by multiple media outlets, some of which published semi-alarming headlines like “Sheryl Crow reveals brain tumor diagnosis” (E! Online) and “Sheryl Crow — I have a brain tumor” (TMZ).

But just as it seemed like we should start forming prayer circles and organizing candlelight vigils in Crow’s honor, it became clear that, while serious, the tumor, a common form known as meningioma, is not life-threatening.

“Half of us are walking around with [meningioma] but you don’t really know unless you happen to have an MRI,” her rep told E!, adding that Crow “has no symptoms and everything is fine.”

Tweeted Crow earlier this evening:

Hey everyone - don’t worry about my “brain tumor”, it’s non-cancerous. Feeling healthy, happy & working on my new record!

— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) June 6, 2012

Crow, who turned 50 earlier this year, is touring this summer and working on a planned musical adaptation of Barry Levinson’s football-quiz classic, “Diner” She is scheduled to appear as a presenter during Sunday’s Tony Awards.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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