In a statement on their website, R.E.M. have announced they've split up.

This is what they had to say:

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

R.E.M. have been going a very long time now, so it seems strange that they would ever have to announce they've split. It's not like they're releasing albums every year.

We're sure more will be news will be unveiled in the coming days.