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Kanye West Ends New York Concert Early Due to a ‘Family Emergency’

He was onstage at a festival in Queens when a handler pulled him aside

Kanye West abruptly ended his concert in New York City on Sunday night, citing a “family emergency.”

West was performing his song “Heartless” onstage at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in Queens, where he was the headline act, when he was pulled aside by a handler, according to reports from various media outlets and footage of the concert that has since been posted on Twitter.

“I’m sorry,” he told the crowd. “I have a family emergency. I have to stop the show.”

“You have 30 minutes!” someone in the audience yelled. West left the stage at around 9:40 p.m.; he was slated to perform until 10 p.m.

Shortly afterwards, the festival’s organizers tweeted that West had ended his performance because of an “emergency.”

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