Calypso icon The Mighty Sparrow was hospitalised in New York in serious condition on the weekend.
According to the Trinidad Express, a post on the Timeline of the Muzic Playerz DJ duo Facebook page stated that sources close to them informed them of his condition.
The Express reported that they were told by someone who knows Sparrow that he was 'very depressed' last week.
Sparrow was supposed to be presented with a lifetime achievement award last Thursday by the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York.
He did not attend the ceremony, instead sending his son, Richard Francisco, to receive the award on his behalf, with a message that he was unable to attend the function.
According to a brief statement in the Express, "The family of Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow is sad to announce that the Calypso King Of The World is in a New York hospital in a coma. The family is asking fans and the people of Trinidad and Tobago to pray for him and to respect their privacy. An update on his progress will be announced."
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