Lollapalooza Colombia Has Been Canceled After Rihanna Drops Out Due To The Zika Virus

07.03.16 3 years ago

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As if the Zika Virus hasn’t terrorized us enough by frightening sports lovers and NBC employees into avoiding the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, now the disease is ruining poor Colombia’s summer concert season.

The country’s inaugural Lollapalooza festival has been cancelled after Rihanna pulled out over fears she might contract the Zika virus. The singer was scheduled to headline the concert in Bogotá this week but after alerting organizers she would not be performing due to the growing number of Zika virus cases in the country — Colombia was reported to have the second-most cases of the disease in South America earlier this year — event planners were forced to cancel shows, issuing a statement that there wouldn’t be enough time to find a replacement headliner.

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