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Lady Gaga collapses just in time for Oprah

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has canceled a slew of concerts after collapsing prior to last night’s concert at Purdue University, however performed live on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this afternoon.

The singer showed no apparent signs of illness as she performed a medley of her hits on the live show Friday. She wore a black outfit studded with spikes and, at one point, swung a gold, spiked ball on a chain into the windshield of a taxi on the stage.

Thursday’s cancellation was announced from the stage after opening acts Jason Derulo and Semi Precious Weapons had already performed. A statement released by Gaga’s management said she’d suffered a sudden illness and that medical personnel had advised her not to perform.

“An hour before the show I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing,” Gaga posted on Twitter.

Paramedics diagnosed her with an irregular heartbeat, she added.

Lady Gaga is in the midst of her national “Monster Ball” tour which began Nov. 27 in Montreal. Last night’s show at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., has been rescheduled for Jan. 26. Performances scheduled for Saturday in Atlantic City and Monday in Uncasville, Conn. have been cancelled, though not rescheduled.

Four shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall next week are all the remains of the North American leg of the tour. A three month run of European dates begins Feb. 18 in the United Kingdom.

“I am so devastated,” Gaga posted on Twitter. “I have performed with the flu, a cold, strep throat: I would never cancel a show just based on discomfort.

The flamboyant pop star, one of the top-selling artists of the last two years with hits “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”, apologized to fans.

“I hope you can forgive me. I love my little monsters more than anything, you are everything to me.”

Fans may remember a similar situation last year when Gaga allegedly lost her voice during her “Fame Ball” tour and cancelled tour dates, though went on to perform on American Idol anyway.

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