No need to panic over seeing Stevie Wonder trending. He’s very much still alive and he hasn’t been accused of anything gross. But he has been sick and, according to the Detroit Free Press, in an effort to stave off any rumors of his imminent demise, he recently announced that he is scheduled to have a kidney transplant in September. Luckily, before I had a chance to call him up to offer him one of mine, he also announced that he’s already secured a donor. I’m sure he had tens of thousands to choose from. Who wouldn’t want to be kidney-twins with Stevie Wonder?!
Stevie made the announcement while performing a concert in London’s Hyde Park. DFP says that Stevie “was hospitalized this spring and has been traveling with a medical team as he continues to perform”. However, rumors about his condition prompted him to come forward with his transplant news. Stevie, who is 69 years old (I always think he’s older because he became a superstar at such a young age) told the crowd:
“I want you to know, I came here to give you my love, and to thank you for your love,”
“So you ain’t got to hear no rumors about nothing,” said Wonder, sounding upbeat. “I told you what’s up: I’m good.”
— Amy Barrett (@amybarrett31) July 6, 2019
You heard the man. He’s good. All the same, if anybody knows any good immortality spells, I wish you would use your fingertips and master blaster them Stevie’s way.
Friends of the iconic singer said he has remained in good spirits amid the health issues.
He had also hoped the situation would remain private, they said, but speculation about his health began popping up online last weekend.
Wonder’s announcement follows a week of speculation about his health. The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that the Motown star was battling a serious medical condition.
I guess it’s true what they, sometimes it really do be your own Free Press. After having lost fellow Detroit icon Aretha Franklin so recently, especially given the mixed signals the public received about her condition in the year leading up to her passing, it’s understandable why people were jumpy hearing that Stevie was unwell. But Stevie’s good. And nobody wants to hear Madonna’s thoughts on the man for many, many years to come.
The new Stevie Wonder mural in downtown Detroit. pic.twitter.com/AVVaHOuIV2
— Motor City Muckraker (@MCmuckraker) July 8, 2019
And so today and everyday until he’s back on his feet, I’m sending positive vibes and prayers to the legend who wrote the only Happy Birthday song my family acknowledges.