News broke yesterday that the R&B veteran, who was headlining the International Night, had undergone emergency surgery to drain an abscess from his tonsil.
In a statement released to the media, his publicist Allan Mayer said that the singer will be ‘laid up indefinitely’ at the North-western Memorial in Chicago.
Executive Director of Summerfest productions, Johnny Gouzong said, “Kelly’s unforeseen and unavoidable health issues will prevent him from making a scheduled appearance on the music festival. We are truly going to miss his presence on the festival.”
Gourzong also went on to assure patrons that the ‘greatest reggae festival on earth’ would still go on as his team is now seeking a replacement for this singer/songwriter. “We are exploring several options. “We are trying to find a suitable act to step up the stage on short notice,” he further explained, he also indicated that the possible Friday night replacement will soon be announced via their media partners and social media.
Reggae Sumfest is held annually at Montego Bay, Jamaica and runs from July 17-23. This year’s performances include international superstar Nikki Minaj, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure, Vybz Kartel, Mavado Half Pint and several other acts.