The King of Dancehall reggae didn’t feel like dancing after being infected by the Zika virus. Instead, Beenie Man was heartbroken that he had to cancel his OVO Fest gig after coming down with the horrible disease. Click to see!
“Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!!” Beenie Man, 42, (born Anthony Moses Davis) posted to his Instagram on July 30. The photo showed the “Feel It Boy” singer on his side, wincing in pain as he underwent a blood test. “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,” he wrote. If catching Zika wasn’t bad enough, Beenie said, “The same Zika mosquito gi me [dengue fever.]”
Beenie Man was scheduled to perform at OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada on July 30, according to Rolling Stone, but he was reportedly denied entry into the country after coming down with Zika. “Due to immigration issues, Beenie Man will no longer be to able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016,” Ticketmaster said in a statement.
Along with the heartbreak of catching the devastating disease, Beenie was clearly disappointed that he let so many of his fans down. “Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still,” he said in his update. Still, despite the virus’s devastating effects (especially to pregnant women) the reggae superstar was still keeping a positive mental attitude. “Selassie a guide I n I right through so once me have my life me a give thanks,” he said, adding the hashtag, #Unstoppable.
Beenie’s diagnosis came around the same time that the Zika virus arrived in the continental United States. On July 29, Florida became the first U.S. state to have local transmission, as 4 people were infected via mosquitos in a small part of northern Miami. “We are testing the mosquitoes there and we are spraying to make sure it’s contained,” Florida governor, Rick Scott, said. Though it may be too late for Beenie, hopefully Florida can prevent the spread of the virus to other parts of the state (and to the rest of the country.)
Poor Beenie Man! HollywoodLifers – leave your positive messages to Beenie below. Are you worried about catching Zika? Stay safe!