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R. Kelly Health Emergency Forces Book Event Cancellation

R&B singer R. Kelly cancelled a book launch today in New York today because of a health emergency, according to reports.

The singer was scheduled to be in New York today to promote his memoir, “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” which debuts tomorrow from SmileyBooks.

The singer’s rep told TMZ that the New York appearance by Kelly was nixed “due to a health emergency that has sidelined Mr. Kelly in Chicago.”

The Web site subsequently reported that “initial indications” were that the health problem arose because Kelly was “suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.”

TMZ reported that, “It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.”

Rolling Stone ran an excerpt of the book Tuesday, including a chapter in which Kelly recalls meeting the rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, before they were both murdered.

“The death of Biggie in 1997 hit me just as hard as Tupac’s death the year before,” Kelly writes in the book. “Another genius went down for reasons I never understood – and still don’t.

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