Hip-hop icon Kurtis Blow thanked his fans for supporting him through his recent heart surgery, calling the procedure a "tremendous success."

The 59-year-old artist shared the news on Instagram: "Hello my family and friends. The surgery was a tremendous success- Praise God!! Thank you everyone for your prayers and well wishes!!! Wow!!! I am so humbled by all the love!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! God Bless you all!!!!"


Blow, the first rapper to sign with a major record label, told his followers Wednesday via Instagram that he developed a hematoma, a localized bleeding outside of blood vessels, during a recent trip to China.


“To all my friends and family. I am in the hospital at UCLA Medical. I am preparing for an aortic artery repair procedure tomorrow morning. The procedure will stabilize the artery from further damage caused by the hematoma I contacted from my recent travels to China,” he explained.

“Dr. Kwon is an incredible surgeon with hundreds of these procedures under his belt," Blow wrote. "I trust that God will use him as a tool of success tomorrow. To the prayer warriors. Please keep me in prayer. I will see you all soon!!!! Encouraged!!! KB.”