Bo Bice Has Emergency Surgery
Mon Aug 22, 6:38 PM ET
He may not wanna be, but Bo Bice has been sidelined.
After missing Thursday's concert on the American Idols Live! tour, the long-haired crooner underwent emergency surgery in Las Vegas on Friday to remove a blockage in his intestines.
Fans were disappointed when Bice failed to take the stage at Vegas' Thomas & Mack Arena last week and started up a "We want Bo!" chant, which eventually prompted season four Idol winner Carrie Underwood to announce that the singer had been hospitalized.
According to a posting on the Website for his band, Sugarmoney, the operation was successful, though Bice reportedly must return home to rest for a minimum of six weeks, which would mean that he would not be returning to the Idols Live! tour.
The American Idol runner-up's grandmother, "Granny Madge" Schofield, told the Decatur Daily News that Bice "has had ulcers most of his life" and is also prone to food poisoning.
"But his problem now doesn't have anything to do with either," Schofield said.
Bice's actual diagnosis remains unclear--to both his public and to his Granny Madge.
"I don't know the diagnosis. But I'll tell you what I do know. If prayer works, Bo will be all right," Schofield said.
It's been a rough summer for the Alabama rocker. Earlier this month, he broke his foot during a show in Manchester, New Hampshire, but vowed to continue performing.
"There's no keeping me from the tour," Bice told People magazine at the time.
Then, last week in Los Angeles, Bice's half-brother, John Cohran, and his pregnant wife were hospitalized after their car slid into an 18-wheeler on their way home from an Idols Live! show. Both have since been released, per the Decatur Daily News.
Bice's mother, Nancy Downes, was previously scheduled to go visit Cohran in Los Angeles Monday, but changed her plans late last week after learning that Bice would need emergency treatment and flew to his side instead.
Since undergoing surgery, Bice has missed two shows in California. As of Monday afternoon, there was no official statement from the promoters of the Idols Live! tour regarding the singer's health.