R. Kelly sparks health scare. The R&B crooner suffered complications from a throat surgery he had last year. He was supposed to appear on "Today" show on June 28 and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on the following day, but was forced to scrap them all. He was also no longer scheduled to attend his book launch party in New York City.
"While on his way to New York this morning to celebrate the publication of his long-awaited memoir SoulaCoaster, multi-platinum R&B superstar R. Kelly was taken ill and had to return to Chicago for medical treatment," it's explained. "Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords."
His representative added, "It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined." The publicist also offered apology for the cancellations, "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."
R. Kelly went under the knife in summer 2011 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, leading to the cancellation of his gig at the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. He performed on "The X Factor (US)" in December the same year, marking the first time he sang since undergoing the surgery.
He said after the surgery, "The doctor said the surgery went well. I know it may not look like it, but it did. I want y'all to continue to pray for me. Be strong out there, I will be back. I know it's a lot of negativity out there, please don't believe the hype. God is good all the time."
Kelly has just released his new album "Write Me Back" in the United States on June 26. He will follow it up with a book called "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" which is due on June 28. In the book, he discussed his meeting with Tupac Shakur & Notorious B.I.G.. He also revealed how they influenced his music and how it inspired him to bring R&B and rap music together.