Stevie Wonder revealed to fans in his London concert that he will undergo a kidney transplant in September this year.
Last Saturday, Wonder told the crowd at his concert in British Summer Time Hyde Park, London the good news that he has found a kidney donor. He also told fans that he will be taking time off from performing.
BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool posted a video of Wonder’s announcement via Twitter. In the video, the legendary singer is heard addressing the crowd saying:
“I’m going to have surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant in September of this year…It’s all good. I’m all good. I have a donor.”
“I want you to know, I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love,” Wonder told the massive crowd. “You ain’t gonna get no rumors about nothing. I told you what’s up.”
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
The music icon shared the details of his health following reports that circulated in the media regarding his medical issues. The initial report of Wonder suffering from kidney failure was released by an urban radio host in Philadelphia. The host reported that Wonder had started dialysis treatment. Following this, an onslaught of rumors surrounded the Motown legend.
The midday host of 105.3 WDAS-FM, Patty Jackson said “Prayers going out to singer Stevie Wonder… He’s currently on dialysis, hoping that one of his children will give him a kidney,” in a video uploaded on YouTube last month. Jackson’s source was not identified.
On July 3 the Detroit Free press published a story that had multiple sources claiming Wonder was having “serious” medical problems.