Beenie Man Denied Canadian Visa Due To Zika Virus

The dancehall artist was scheduled to headline this weekend’s OVO Fest.

July 30, 2016

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Bad news out of the seventh annual OVO Fest: According to an Instagram post from dancehall artist Beenie Man, he's barred from entering Canada due to a Zika diagnosis, the same Zika that has Olympic athletes and even Rihanna canceling trips to South America and the Caribbean. He's also contracted dengue fever.

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Beenie was due to headline this weekend's OVO Fest, but had his visa denied when Canadian officials learned of his health situation. The Jamaican artist apologized to fans who'd expected him to perform, saying his days have been filled with "blood test[s], injections, pills."

"Wi a hol firm still," Beenie captioned the image of himself laid up in bed with a nurse and vials of blood by his side. "Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks."

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