R. Kelly Hospitalized After Throat Surgery

R. Kelly Hospitalized After Throat Surgery

The R&B singer undergoes emergency procedure to drain an abscess on his tonsils.

Published July 20, 2011

R. Kelly is recovering in a Chicago hospital after having emergency throat surgery yesterday. The singer reportedly had to have the procedure to drain an abscess on his tonsils.


Last week, after coming off a 46-day U.S. city tour, the singer tweeted that he was having issues with his throat. "I refuse to take another cup of theraflu! I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy. Thanks guys!," he wrote. Then, this morning, myfoxchicago.com reported that the pied piper was in the hospital after having surgery yesterday. 


Representatives for the singer released a statement about his current condition.


"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," read the release. "Kelly had visited a throat specialist earlier in the day complaining of severe throat pain. 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 Love Letter Tour, will be able to resume performing."


Check back with BET.com for more on this developing story.

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Written by Kim Osorio


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