Drake Axes European Tour Due To Mother's Illness

In Miami Beach on Feb. 5, Drake wonders, if his last name is indeed "ever" and his first name "greatest," then why isn't anyone paying him any attention?

Drake has postponed his entire European tour due to his mother's illness, a representative for the Toronto rapper said.

"Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated," Drake said via a statement. "In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery, just as she supported me through the years.

"I cannot thank my European fans enough and look forward to performing abroad soon. I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time."

Ticket holders are being urged to retain their tickets, which will be honored at new dates to be announced. Canadian dates will remain the same.

Drake's headlining shows in London will be rescheduled for November 2010. The full list of postponed dates is as follows:

Hove Festival (July 2)
Roskilde Festival (3)
London Wireless Festival (4)
Paris La Cigale (5)
Amsterdam Paradiso (7)
Les Ardentes Festival (8)
Oxegen Festival (9)
T In The Park (10)
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (12, 13)

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