The Caribbean community was sent into mourning today after news surfaced claiming that legendary calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow, aka Slinger Francisco, is dead.
However, multiple sources confirmed with Urban Islandz that Sparrow is still alive and is receiving treatment at a New York hospital for an undisclosed illness.
“Mighty Sparrow is still alive and people should stop spreading false news,” one source told us. “His condition has not changed and he remains in the hospital.”
On Monday, the singer’s family confirmed via a short statement that he is in fact hospitalized in a New York hospital, but did not disclosed his illness.
Additional reports also alleges that the Mighty Sparrow is in a coma.
Wayne ‘Kassman’ McDonald, the General secretary of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation, told the Trinidad Express that Sparrow was honored with a lifetime achievement award last Thursday by the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York.
The calypso icon sent his son to accept the award on his behalf.