It looks like the Reggae Sumfest will have to go on without [artist id="10489"]R. Kelly[/artist]. The singer has just announced that, due to health issues, he will no longer be on the lineup for the Jamaican festival, which began Sunday and will run through the upcoming weekend.
Kelly was scheduled to perform Friday, however he was rushed to the hospital for throat surgery. "R&B superstar R. Kelly will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time after undergoing an emergency procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital yesterday to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils," a press release reads.
"Kelly had visited a throat specialist earlier in the day complaining of severe throat pain," it continues. "Following a preliminary exam, he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial for the procedure. It is not known when the multiplatinum recording star, who just completed the U.S. leg of his worldwide [article id="1666741"]Love Letter Tour[/article], will be able to resume performing."
Kelly was one of the headlining draws for the Montego Bay festival. Other performers slated to take the stage at Reggae Sumfest include Nicki Minaj, Mya, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and a number of other artists from the Caribbean and the U.S.
There has been no word on whether Kelly, who was to perform during one of the international nights, will be replaced. Kelly has no other upcoming shows scheduled.
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