COMEDIAN Ruby Wax has pulled out of performing at the Edinburgh festival following a "serious accident" on holiday.

The 66-year-old had been due to stage Ruby Wax: How To Be Human at The Pleasance Grand from August 18 to 24 but has injured her back.

She said she was "hugely disappointed".

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In a statement, representatives Chambers Touring, said: "Following a serious accident on holiday Ruby has suffered severe injuries to her back and is unable to perform in Edinburgh.

"Under doctor’s orders, she is taking time out to recover, but will get the show on the road again as soon as she can.

"Ruby is incredibly sorry that she will not be able to perform the run which she had been so looking forward to."

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Wax said: “I’ve been coming to Edinburgh Fringe with my shows for over 30 years and always had the most amazing time.

"I am hugely disappointed and so sorry to everyone who has bought tickets. My injuries are quite serious and I do need to take the time to heal and recover”

Refunds will be available from point of ticket purchase, ticket holders will be contacted directly.