Monday, May 27, 2024

These Are the Breaks: Rap Pioneer Kurtis Blow in LA Hospital for Aortic Heart Valve Surgery


We are wishing pioneer rapper Kurtis Blow all the best today. He posted on Instagram that he’s in UCLA hospital for surgery on his aortic valve. Kurtis had almost the very first rap hit way back with “The Breaks,” still a great record.

Back in fall 2016, Kurtis Walker (his real name) had a previous heart incident. On October 29th, the then legendary 57-year-old rap icon went into cardiac arrest, his pulse stopping for five minutes. He almost died in front of his Woodland Hills, CA home.

He writes now: “To all my friends and family. I am in the hospital at UCLA Medical. I am preparing for an aortic artery repair procedure tomorrow morning. The procedure will stabilize the artery from further damage caused by the hematoma I contacted from my recent travels to China. Dr Kwon is an incredible surgeon with hundreds of these procedures under his belt. I trust that God will use him as a tool of success tomorrow.
Please keep me in prayer. I will see you all soon!!!! Encouraged!!! KB”

Kurtis, take care of yourself!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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