Veteran calypsonian William Smokey Burke, is out of the Courtesy, Mount Gay Pic-o-de Crop finals.
This confirmation came from corporate communications specialist at the National Cultural Foundation, Simone Codrington.
Burke, who hails from the Super Gladiators Calypso Tent, reportedly complained of feeling unwell on Sunday, and has been hospitalised since then.
His absence means the reserve and Burke's longtime friend, Colin Spencer of Cave Shepherd All Stars, will complete the line-up at Friday's final, which comes off at Kensington Oval.
Nine competitors are doing battle against reigning monarch i-Web to be crowned calypso monarch.