Beenie Man was scheduled to hit the stage at the seventh annual OVO Fest on Saturday July 30th. However, those plans were foiled due to a very serious illness.
Taking to Instagram, Beenie Man shared that he had come down with the Zika virus and was subsequently unable to obtain a Canadian visa.
“Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!! No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven’t seen the press release) Zika Virus hol’ mi,” Beanie announced in the caption of an Instagram photo of himself laying a hospital bed. “The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills,” he wrote.
According to the festival’s Ticketmaster page, there’s a slew of surprise guests lined up to fill Beenie’s spot.
“Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests [including Sean Paul, Kranium and Movado] and of course Machel Montano will still headline as planned, with special guests of his own.”
The worldwide panic over Zika has been buzzing for months now, and recently made its way stateside. The Centers for Disease Control reports that Zika is spread through infected mosquitos and causes fever, rash and joint paint. Four people have recently been infected with Zika in the Miami area. Unfortunately, no vaccine or specified treatment has been discovered for the virus.
We’re wishing Beenie Man a speedy recovery!
SOURCE: Instagram, Ticketmaster | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty