In the autumn of 2014, Cher announced that she had to be hospitalized due to a viral infection, which caused several health complications in the following months. Previous known illnesses include a diagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus in 1986.
According to a statement posted on her website, the viral infection in 2014 affected Cher's kidney function, and required her to be hospitalized. As a result of this viral infection, the singer was forced to cancel all remaining dates of her Dressed to Kill tour. Sources such as National Enquirer reported that Cher had only three months left to live. However, Cher's publicist Liz Rosenberg denied that she had any further health issues, including heart and lung issues, as previously indicated by the Enquirer.
By October 29, 2014, it was reported that Cher had fully recovered. However, as a result of her viral kidney infection, Cher was required to wear a heart monitor, which was reported to be a normal part of the treatment to ensure that she suffered no damage to her heart lining.
In 1986, Cher was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus. According to medical experts, this virus can remain dormant in the body for many years, becoming active due to fatigue or stress.