The following message was posted to his official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts:
To my fans:
I wanted to let you know that I am bowing out of some upcoming events due to pending vocal cord surgery which will require a period of time for me to rest and recover. No talking or singing for awhile but my doctors expect a complete recovery.
I am especially sorry about two events that I will now be unable to attend: I was scheduled to be honored at The Canadian Governor General Performance Arts Award Gala on June 11th. This award will now be presented at next year's 25th Anniversary on June 29, 2017. In addition, I will no longer be performing at the Marvin Gaye Tribute at the Kennedy Center on June 5th.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and good wishes. I'll keep you up to date on my progress. – MB
His supportive fans were quick to comment on the news, writing things like, "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, love from London!" "Take care Michael, health is the first thing and your fans understand it" and "Best wishes…we will be patiently awaiting your return!!!!"