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R. Kelly has emergency throat surgery, takes 'indefinite' break from performing

July 20, 2011 |  2:24 pm

R. Kelly has emergency throat surgery R. Kelly was forced to take an "indefinite" break from the stage after undergoing emergency throat surgery, a spokesman for the Grammy-winning R&B singer said on Wednesday.

After Kelly, 44, visited a throat specialist early Tuesday to complain of severe throat pain, he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where doctors drained an abscess on one of his tonsils.

It is not known when he will be able to resume performing, just that he will "be laid up for an indefinite amount of time," Kelly’s spokesman Allan Mayer said in a statement.

Kelly just wrapped his summer Love Letter tour in support of his critically acclaimed disc of the same name. He played two nights at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live as part of the tour.

A spokesperson at his label, Jive Records, said the singer was only slated to perform in Jamaica as he'd already completed his international promo dates.

He wrote in a tweet last week that he believed his throat was improving.

“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.


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: R. Kelly performs on stage at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on June 11 in Los Angeles. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images