R. Kelly Undergoes Emergency Throat Surgery

Doctors drain abscess from singer's tonsils

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 10:32 AM PDT
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R. Kelly complained a week ago via Twitter about having problems with his throat.

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A spokesman for R. Kelly says the R&B singer is in the hospital after emergency throat surgery on Tuesday.

Kelly publicist Allan Mayer said Wednesday that doctors drained an abscess on one of Kelly's tonsils and that the singer will be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Mayer says Kelly had been complaining of throat pain recently and was rushed to the hospital after a throat exam.

Kelly complained about throat troubles on his Twitter feed, posting this tweet on July 13th:

"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!"

Kelly just finished a tour with singers Marsha Ambrosius and Keyshia Cole.

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