Stevie Wonder reveals to a concert gathering in London that he is getting a kidney transplant in September.
“I have a donor, it’s all good,” the singer opened up at a concert in London.
According to Rolling Stone, the singer made the announcement after performing “Superstition” at the end of a packed British Summer Time concert in London’s Hyde Park.
He further talked to his audience and said, “So what’s gonna happen is this, I’m going to have surgery, I’m going to have a kidney transplant in September of this year. I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor, it’s all good.”
“I want you to know I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love. You ain’t gotta hear no rumors about nothing, I told you what’s up. I’m good. Alright?” He continued further.
The Detroit Free Press report also revealed last week that the singer is “battling a serious but manageable health issue.” Before that, in late June, a YouTube video posted by Patty Jackson claimed that Wonder is a kidney patient.
“He’s got some health challenges, but he doesn’t want a big PR thing out of this,” Wonder’s friend and musician Joan Belgrave told the Detroit Free Press. “He’s in great spirits. You would never know anything is going on. That’s how he wants it, and that’s how he wants to keep it.”
However, the 69- year old music legend did not provide any additional details about his medical illness. Furthermore, he announced that he will play three more concerts before undergoing the procedure this September. He plans on completing his tour, which continues on July 9th in Dublin.
Wonder has received a lot of Grammy Awards. Furthermore, he has produced a string of hits over a long career that began during his early stages of life. He used to perform as Little Stevie Wonder. His classic hits include “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “Living for the City.”
On top of that, Wonder did not look upset about his condition at any point during the concert. He has performed a series of hits and paid tribute to musical legends like Aretha Franklin and John Lennon.
According to reports by NHS, the most common reason for needing a transplant is kidney failure or either end-stage chronic kidney disease.
In addition, it is possible to donate a kidney while still alive as people only need one kidney to survive.
BBC correspondents also tweeted about the legends medical condition. He said, “The moment, this evening at Hyde Park, Stevie Wonder told us why he would be taking a break from performing….”
The moment, this evening at Hyde Park, Stevie Wonder told us why he would be taking a break from performing…. pic.twitter.com/pwfjnczGKx
— Aleem Maqbool (@AleemMaqbool) July 6, 2019
Moreover, the singer has been passionate about music from the very beginning. Wonder learned to play piano, drums, and also the harmonica by age 9 and signed to Motown in 1961.
He has been nominated 74 times for the Grammy Awards.