LL Cool J Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Cancels “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Performance

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LL Cool J has canceled his New Year’s Eve performance after testing positive for COVID-19.

The entertainer, 53, was scheduled to perform during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest airing Friday on ABC.

“I know it’s disappointing to the millions of fans but my test came back positive for COVID, which means I’ll no longer be able to perform as scheduled at NYRE,” the musician, whose real name is James Todd Smith, said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing in 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The best is yet to come!” he added.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star was slated to take the stage for a pre-midnight set in Times Square on Friday night, as part of a pared-down event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Dan Heching