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Subject: Hip-Hop Artist Nelly's Sister Dies

Written By: Dave Brown on 03/26/05 at 1:22 am

By Barry A. Jeckell and Ray Waddell

NEW YORK/NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Three dates on R&B/rap artist Nelly's just-begun U.S. tour have been postponed and one canceled in the wake of his sister's death Thursday (March 24) from complications from leukemia.

The cancellations began with Thursday night's show in Beaumont, Texas, and the rest of the tour is uncertain.

"The funeral is on Tuesday and we're respectfully waiting until (Nelly) is able to assess where he is and lets us know how and when to proceed," Rob Prinz, Nelly's agent at United Talent, told Billboard.

The artist's sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Donahue, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. Two years later, she joined her brother in launching the Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Although a suitable donor was never identified, their efforts bolstered the National Marrow Donor Program Registry (

Donahue, who was 31, is survived by two children. Nelly reportedly returned home to St. Louis to grieve with family.

The other postponed shows on Nelly's tour, both in Texas, are Friday night's concert in Hidalgo and Saturday's in El Paso. A college campus show Monday in Nacogdoches, Texas, has been canceled and will not be made up. The run is scheduled to resume Wednesday (March 30) in Evansville, Ind.

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