Tamar Braxton Drops Out Of 'DWTS' Due To Pulmonary Embolism

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 11/11/2015 | 10:00 AM EST

'I don't have pneumonia but something way more serious.'

The ever-busy Tamar Braxton is learning that her health comes first and has dropped out of several gigs that have been running her ragged. Following her health scare earlier this week, the 38-year-old star has exited "Dancing With The Stars" and canceled her remaining tour dates with singer Kem due to a pulmonary embolism.

On Wednesday, Braxton wrote on Instagram:

"With a Heavy heart I regret to inform you that my season of #dwts has to come to an end along with the rest of my tour dates with @musicbykem. After yesterday's final #dwts performance I went back to the hospital (after the doctors didn't want me to leave in the first place) only to find out that I don't have pneumonia but something way more serious and that is having several P.E.'s (blood clots in both sides of my lungs) As you all know I will be the first to always encourage anyone to push through any obstacle that comes along one's way. But in this case, my health is my current obstacle. .. And in TRUE #tamartian form I must go about this the exact same way as I would anything else. I woke up to a mirror and saw myself this morning and that makes me the winner because that almost wasn't the case. Take care of yourselves... I love you and thank you ALL for your support p.s. Big hugs and kisses to my boo @iamvalc for being beyond a friend, brother and the BEST partner EVER."

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots blocking the flow of blood to the lung artery, leading to low oxygen levels in the blood stream and organ damage if not treated.

Braxton is the second contestant this season to leave "DWTS" due to medical issues. Kim Zolciak-Bierrman was eliminated from the competition in September when she missed a performance after having a mini stroke.


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