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    Bo Bice Has Emergency Surgery, Misses 'Idol' Tour Dates
    08.22.2005 3:15 PM EDT

    Bo Bice had emergency surgery on Friday and has missed three nights of the American Idols Live Tour.

    The "American Idol" runner-up's diagnosis has not been officially announced, but a family friend said on Bo's message board that he had a kink in his intestines and that a specialist was flown to Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas to perform the surgery.

    Bo's spokesperson, who could not comment, said a statement is expected from the tour's promoters later Monday (August 22).

    Nancy Downes, Bo's mother, told her local Alabama newspaper, The Decatur Daily, she is not allowed to discuss specifics but that Bo was recovering and "wants the fans to know he's thankful for their prayers."

    Bo's grandmother, "Granny Madge" Schofield of Somerville, told the same newspaper that Bo "has had ulcers most of his life."

    Bo was rushed to the hospital Thursday just before an American Idols Live Tour show in Las Vegas (see "American Idols Live Tour Dates Announced").

    During the show at the Thomas & Mack Arena, Anthony Fedorov told the crowd that Bice needed everyone's prayers. After the show appeared to be over, the audience erupted with a "We want Bo" chant, prompting season-four winner Carrie Underwood to return to the stage with news that Bo had "bad luck" and was hospitalized, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. There was no official announcement, and Bo has since missed two California shows, in San Jose and Sacramento.

    The American Idols Live Tour has proven a difficult outing for Bo. Last month he broke his foot onstage and had been performing in a cast (see "Bo Bice Breaks Foot Onstage, Finishes Concert"). And last week in Los Angeles, his brother, John Cohran, and his pregnant wife were hospitalized after their vehicle slid underneath an 18-wheeler on the drive home from an Idols Live show. They have since been released, according to The Decatur Daily.

    The tour continues, presumably without Bo, on Tuesday in Everett, Washington, wrapping up September 10 in Syracuse, New York.

    For more on Bo Bice, check out the feature "Bo Bice: Live On The Sunset Strip," and for a backstage look at the tour, check out "On The Road Again With 'Idol.' "

    Get "Idol"-ized on MTV News' "American Idol" page, where you'll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.

    — Corey Moss
    mtv.com

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