This Charming Man: Morrissey Assists Collapsed Woman In New York Book Store

UK alt-rock legend Morrissey might be obsessively adored by his more hardcore fans, but the former frontman of ’80s pioneers The Smiths is not exactly known for being warm and cuddly, especially in public. Still, the notoriously cantankerous singer has surprised the music world by actually coming to the aid of an elderly woman who’d collapsed in New York’s Strand Bookstore last week.

According to a source on, the man who once sang “There’s more to life than books, you know. But not much more,” didn’t hesitate to get involved when the woman passed out near the store’s photography section.

“Morrissey, who was there alone, immediately rushed to her side and crouched on the ground to see if she was okay,” related the source. “She had just lost her bearings and was fine. He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help. She declined and collected her things and moved on. But my friend said she touched Morrissey’s cheek in gratitude! Obviously, she didn’t know who he was, just was touched by this act of kindness from a nice British man… He seemed very shaken up and flustered by the incident and left the store soon afterwards without buying anything.”

This unexpected public display of compassion is a far cry Morrissey’s surly reputation, which actor John Cho of “Harold and Kumar” fame once experienced first-hand and is hilariously detailed in a new animated video on

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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