Rapper Drake pulls UK tour due to a 'family emergency'
Canadian rapper Drake has postponed his forthcoming UK tour dates due to a "family emergency".
The Grammy-nominated artist, whose debut album topped the US chart, was due to play headline shows in Europe as well as perform at festivals.
In a statement he said: "Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated.
He called it "a difficult decision" but wanted to "support her".
A headline show scheduled in London has now been rescheduled for November, with promoters advising fans to hold onto their tickets.
However, his appearances at the Wireless, Oxegen and T In The Park festivals will not take place.
In a message to fans he added: "I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time."
Drake only recently made his UK live debut with a string of shows supporting Jay-Z.
Earlier this month, in its first week of release his debut album Thank Me Later sold 447,000 copies in the US.