Beenie Man was forced to cancel his performance at Drake’s OVO Fest.
In a statement sent to Urban Islandz Beenie reps told us that the deejay not only contracted the virus but also didn’t secure the necessary documents to travel to Canada.
“Beenie Man didn’t get his Canadian visa to travel to that country to do the show,” the deejay’s reps said. “Additionally, he contracted the Zika Virus and is getting treatment for that.”
His team also told us that they made every effort to obtained a Canadian visa but was unsuccessful. Beenie Man posted a photo on Instagram of himself on a hospital bed.
“Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!” Beenie Man wrote. “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. The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. We a hold firm still.”
Beenie Man was one of the headlining acts on this year’s OVO Fest along with Machel Montana.
UPDATE: Beenie Man was released from the hospital and is currently at home recovering after contracting Zika Virus and Dengue Fever. The dancehall artist will also miss a number of upcoming concerts overseas. His rep issued a statement thanking fans for their outpouring of support since the news broke that he contracted the virus.