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R. Kelly has emergency throat surgery

R. Kelly arrives at the after-party for NBA superstar Kobe Bryant's hand and footprint ceremony on Feb. 19, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif. Getty

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - "Trapped in the Closet" singer R. Kelly is now trapped in a hospital.

A spokesman for the R&B singer said the singer has had emergency throat surgery.

Kelly publicist Allan Mayer said Wednesday that doctors drained an abscess on one of Kelly's tonsils on Tuesday and that the singer will be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Mayer says the singer had been complaining of throat pain recently and was rushed to the hospital after a throat exam.

Kelly's other hits include "I Believe I Can Fly," "Ignition (Remix)" and "Gotham City."

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