R. Kelly Rushed Back to Chicago After Falling Ill

'Unclear' how long singer will be sidelined

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R. Kelly performs at FOX's 'The X Factor' Top 3 Live Performance Show in Hollywood.
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R. Kelly was rushed back to his hometown Chicago on Wednesday for medical treatement after falling ill while en route to New York. The singer had been scheduled for a press tour in support of his new memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me. 

"Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords," reads a statement released on behalf of the singer. "It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined."

A book launch party and signing in New York were cancelled, as well as appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Today show.

Kelly's latest album, the throwback-soul set Write Me Back, was also released this week.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Soulacoaster, in which Kelly recalls his encounters with the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, here.