Peter Murphy, frontman of legendary UK post-punk outfit Bauhaus, has postponed a number of US shows after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday night. 

PR company Reybee, Inc confirmed in a statement today that the Northampton-born vocalist was rushed to a New York hospital due to shortness of breath and was unable to perform a residency show at Le Poisson Rouge. 

"Mr Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction," Cardiologist Jason Song, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital, confirmed. 

"He had two stents placed in his right coronary artery and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. Due to HIPAA regulations we cannot reveal further details of his condition. He is still in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition."

Due to the nature of the incident, Murphy has been forced to postpone the remaining dates of his residency at Le Poisson Rouge. 

"We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before," Murphy's family said in a statement.

It comes almost one year after Murphy toured Australia alongside Bauhaus bassist David J in support of the band's 40th anniversary.