Hip-hop icon Kurtis Blow underwent successful heart transplant surgery in Los Angeles on Sunday, his wife of four decades told Black Press USA.
“We give all glory to God for the perfect heart and transplant,” his wife said. “He is out of surgery. Keep the prayers and praises up. God does all things well.”
The rap star, whose real name is Kurtis Walker, has a history of heart ailments. After recovering in 2019 from surgery to repair an aortic artery, the music pioneer was rushed back onto the operating table for a second procedure. Shirley Walker said she believed the surgery went well, as she remained at the hospital with her husband. The surgery reportedly took place after the legendary rapper battled issues with his heart in 2019, resulting in numerous surgeries to mend issues related to the arteries to his heart.
A true legend, Kurtis Blow was just 20 when he signed to Mercury in 1979, the first rapper signed by a major label. That year, he released “Christmas Rappin’,” which sold more than 400,000 copies and became an annual classic.