The veteran calypsonian’s family has asked fans and the people of Trinidad and Tobago to pray for him, but to also respect their privacy during this difficult period.
They also promised an update on his progress, at the appropriate time.
In the Facebook message, which was reposted several times, Margaret stated: “Your prayers are needed.
The family of Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, is sad to announce that the Calypso King of the World is in a New York hospital in a coma.
“The family is asking fans and the people of Trinidad and Tobago to pray for him and to respect their privacy. An update on his progress will be announced.”
Last week Thursday, the ‘‘birdie’’ was expected to accept a lifetime achievement award by the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York.
But he was unable to attend that ceremony and a relative accepted the award on his behalf.
Sources told Newsday the Calypso King of the World, who in July turned 78, was admitted to hospital since last week. It was also stated that most of the immediate family are in New York and at the bard’s bedside.
Sparrow was in Trinidad last month for a special show at the De Nu Pub (Mas Camp) with the Mighty Stalin (Dr Leroy Calliste), dubbed “The Doctors in Concert”. Fans who attended were in high praise for the performances on the night.
Sparrow, the illustrious lyricist, composer, singer, and grand entertainer has won the National Calypso Monarch title on eight occasions, and equally, the Road March crown.