Drake, Sandi Graham

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The best woman Drake has ever known remains his mom.

The up-and-coming rapper has canceled plans to tour Europe this summer so that he can be with his ailing mom while she recovers from surgery, he said in a statement Thursday.

He had tweeted last night: "Back at my moms house...please include her in your prayers tonight as tmrw she faces a true challenge."

Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, also gave an emotional shout-out to his mom Sunday at the BET Awards, where he was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.

"Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated," the Thank Me Later artist said today.

"In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery. I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time."

Drake recently admitted in the MTV special, Drake: Better Than Good Enough, that his mom, who had raised her son by herself since he was 5 in his native Toronto, has been sick.

"So that scares me a lot," he said. "She's been the most supportive person I've ever had in my life—the only person that loves me unconditionally, really. I know a lot of people love me and I love a lot of people. But to love somebody unconditionally is different."

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