Jamaican singer Beenie Man canceled his Saturday night performance at Toronto’s OVO Fest because he was denied a Canadian visa after contracting the Zika virus.
The reggae star shared an Instagram photo of himself appearing to be in pain while undergoing blood tests.
“No visa fi mi Canada show,” the Jamaican singer wrote. “The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still.”
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A picture Beenie Man posted on his instagram page
Ticketmaster confirmed that Beenie Man had canceled his OVO appearance, telling ticket buyers in a statement, “Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests and of course Machel Montano will still headline as planned, with special guests of his own.”
The World Health Organization writes that those suffering from the Zika virus face symptoms like mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. The symptoms generally last two to seven days. However, pregnant women who contract the Zika virus have given birth to babies born with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.