While it is unclear where the rumours started, #PRAYFORADELE began trending on Twitter last night, and has fuelled news reports around the world.
While Adele’s reps have done nothing to quell the rumours, they did release this statement last night:
"It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011. She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat – and a full recovery is expected."
The 23-year-old singer's management team was contacted in light of the rumours but is yet to comment on the throat cancer diagnosis.
While it is possible that the story developed through a misunderstanding after it was revealed Adele would be having throat surgery, a doctor told MusicFeeds that in most cases, a vocal chord haemmorhage can be treated with rest.
Furthermore, the fact that throat surgery places a serious risk on any singer has lead to speculation that Adele may be afflicted by something more serious.
While Adele is a smoker, Dr. Reena Gupta, Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center in Los Angeles, has blogged that this is unlikely to cause throat cancer in someone so young.
"Although she smokes, [Adele] is 23 years old," said Dr. Gupta.
"Even if she smokes two packs per day, and has been for a decade, it is nearly impossible to develop smoking-related cancer at such a young age."
Until Adele’s reps deny this very sad diagnosis, we will take up the trend and #prayforadele.