July 3, 2014 11:54 am

Drake cancels UK festival appearance, cites illness

TORONTO — Canadian rapper Drake announced Thursday he is unable to perform July 5 at the Wireless festival in the UK.

“To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won’t be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend,” Drake, 27, said in a statement to fans posted on the festival website.

“I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me.”

The Toronto-born rap star, who did not attend the BET Awards last week, did not divulge the nature of his illness.

“I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery,” said Drake.

Festival organizers said Kanye West will fill in for Drake for one performance.

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