R. Kelly Publicly Speaks For First Time After Throat Surgery

posted Wednesday August 10 ,2011 at 10:30AM CDT | 85 comments

R. Kelly Publicly Speaks For First Time After Throat Surgery

UPDATE #3: Kellz releases a video clip thanking fans for the support and assuring he'll be recovered in no time.

R. Kelly is in the hospital this morning after having emergency surgery on his throat yesterday. According to MyFoxChicago.com (via FSD), the Chicago, Illinois crooner entered the hospital for the procedure, though there is no further information regarding his current condition.

Kellz recently wrapped up a 46-day U.S. tour with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius. Last week, he tweeted that he was having trouble with his throat and wasn’t feeling well, explaining that he felt like “my throat is coming back” and that he was in bed “sweating like crazy.”

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!less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE: In a press release, representatives for R. Kelly explained that he was rushed to the hospital to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils.

"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."

[July 20]

UPDATE #2: According to Billboard.com, R. Kelly has been released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital today after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday. It is currently unclear if he will be able to resume touring and performing in the near future.

[July 21]

UPDATE #3: R. Kelly has spoken out for the first time since his emergency throat surgery, assuring fans that he's on the road to recovery and will be back performing soon.

"Yo what’s up, y’all, it’s your boy Kellz, fresh out the hospital. Just want to say thanks to my fans for supporting me. I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me," he says.

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