Music Legend, Stevie Wonder has announced that he will undergo a kidney transplant later this year.
As a result of this development, the musician and songwriter, who is one of the most successful musician of the 20th century, will take a break from music.
The American Motown star revealed his medical condition as he wrapped up his set at the British Summer Time concert in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday.
The 69-year-old finished his hit Superstition before sharing the news. He said he had found a donor and would perform three more shows before the operation in September
“I’m going to be doing three shows then taking a break,” he said. “I’m having surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant at the end of September this year.”
Tens of thousands of fans greeted the news with a loud cheer, applauding the Grammy award-winning singer as he left the stage.
He had just finished playing the song Superstition when he told the crowd he wanted to prevent “rumours” spreading about his health.
“I’m all good, I’m all good, all good, I have a donor and it’s all good,” he reassured.
“I want you to know, I came here to give you my love and thank you for your love. I love you and God bless you.”
He did not provide additional information about his kidney illness and a representative for Wonder didn’t immediately respond to requests for details about his health.
The music icon, who has received 25 Grammy Awards over his five-decade career, seemed on top form throughout the London concert.
He performed a series of his hits and paid tribute to his musical heroes including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon, offering a stirring rendition of the latter’s “Imagine” towards the end of the show.
It was a happy event, with his fans reveling in the career-spanning retrospective that harked back to Wonder’s early days as a young Motown star.
He made his health announcement in a sombre tone, but left the stage smiling as his band played Superstition one last time.
Wonder’s support act at Saturday’s gig was his friend Lionel Richie, 70, who paid tribute to his 69-year-old idol, saying, “I got into the business because I wanted to be like Stevie Wonder.”