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Missy Elliott Reflects on Illness In Tearful Speech

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Missy Elliott revealed the struggles she faced while fighting the debilitating illness Graves disease. As the rap icon received a Music Innovation Award at the Urban Honors awards in Washington, D.C., she thanked long time friends Lil Kim and Da Brat for their love and support. Elliott said they are more like family as she tearfully announced, “I was sick. I couldn’t even hold a pen to write. And it was so much to say give up. But as I stand here with all of you, I thank you ’cause it’s so much talent in this room.”