Veteran calypsonian Smokey Burke has been hospitalized.
Confirmation of this came this afternoon from his daughter Sharon Carter-Burke who told Barbados TODAY: “Yes, Smokey is in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. We thank the doctors and nursing staff managing his care and we thank the public for their concern and prayerful support.”
No details were provided on his current ailment.
However, nine years ago Burke travelled to Canada for treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma (a form of cancer). He later reported that it was in remission and that he only had to undergo regular medical checks.
“As far as I know I’m in pretty full remission. For sure my liver is clear,” he stated at the time.
Burke, who competed 11 days ago in the semifinals of Pic-O-De-Crop calypso competition at Wildey Gymnasium, is due to compete in the finals on Friday at the Kensington Oval with ‘Conversations With Bussa’ and ‘Where The Money Gone’.
Today several members of the entertainment fraternity visited Burke in ward C5 at the QEH. (LG)