The legendary US singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder announcement that he will undergo a kidney transplant surgery that he will take a break from performing.
This was disclosed after performing Superstition at the end of a packed British Summer Time concert in London’s Hyde Park.
The 69-year-old multi Grammy Award-winner added that he will perform a few more shows before taking a break ahead of the operation.
“I want you to know, I came here to give you my love and thank you for your love,” Wonder told the crowd to cheers.
This is coming after The Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday, that the singer has been battling “a serious but manageable health issue” and has been touring overseas with a medical team.
According to the legendary singer, the kidney transplant surgery will be taking place in September 2019, and he already has a donor.
“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,” Wonder said.
Wonder seemed in top form throughout the concert, performing a series of his hits and paying tribute to musical heroes including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon. He performed stirring rendition of the latter’s Imagine near the end of the show.
Wonder, who has received more than two-dozen Grammy Awards, has produced a string of hits over a long career that began when he was a youngster who performed as Little Stevie Wonder. His classic hits include You Are the Sunshine of My Life and Living for the City.