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Stevie Wonder Reveals Upcoming Kidney Transplant in September

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On Saturday, Stevie Wonder revealed during a performance he would have a kidney transplant in September.

The legendary U.S. singer-songwriter told the crowd at a music festival in Hyde Park, London, he will take a break from music to have the kidney transplant surgery, which is planned for September.

“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,” Wonder told the Hyde Park audience, according to Rolling Stone. “I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor, it’s all good.”

The 69-year-old, who is a multi-Grammy winner and praised for hits like “I Just Called To Say I Love You” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” did not reveal why he was having the kidney surgery. The Detroit Free Press last week reported the singer is fighting “a serious but manageable health issue,” citing sources close to Wonder.

Wonder, who is blind, used his platform in the past to raise awareness about inclusion and accessibility for the disability community. During the 58th Grammy Awards in 2016, Stevie Wonder said, “We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”

Wonder will perform the remaining dates of his current tour through Aug. 2 before taking a break ahead of the operation. He told the crowd he wanted people to hear the health update directly from him.

“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. “You ain’t gotta hear no rumors about nothing, I told you what’s up. I’m good.”

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Originally published: July 8, 2019
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