Colón had to cancel an appearance in Lima, Peru on Thursday, where he was scheduled to appear on a double bill with Marc Anthony. Anthony extended his part of the program to make up for the absence, and brought out members of Colón's band, who were already on a plane by the time Colón fell ill, for "Aguanile" and "Mi Gente." The concert had been billed as a tribute to Hector Lavoe, Colón's former vocalist whom Anthony portrayed in the 2007 film El Cantante.
UPDATE added 3/18:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ernesto Hernandez
Tel (917) 438-7187
WILLIE COLÓN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
"On Monday, March 16, 2009, Willie Colon underwent a cholecystectomy procedure at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
He is now resting comfortably at home and thanks everyone for
their thoughts and prayers."
WILLIE COLÓN ES DADO DE ALTA
"El lunes 16 de marzo de 2009 Willie Colón fue sometido a una colecistectomia en el NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Él esta ahora descansando confortablemente en su casa y desea agradecer a todos por sus buenos deseos y oraciones."