ATLANTA — Gospel singer Kelly Price broke her silence on Monday regarding her recent inaccessibility following a dire bout with the coronavirus.
The Grammy-nominated singer, who lives in Atlanta, made headlines late last week after family members reported that she was missing, but her attorney confirmed to WSB-TV on Friday night that she was isolated and recovering from the virus.
On Monday, Price told TMZ that her heart stopped at one point during her COVID-19 fight, but doctors were able to revive her.
“At some point, they lost me,” Price said in the video interview.
When asked by the outlet to clarify her statement, Price said, “Yeah, I died.”
Specifically, Price said that she was hospitalized after being sick for a week with no signs of improvement. She said that she required oxygen and home health care nurses for about four weeks after being discharged, WSB-TV reported.
Price also stated later in the interview that her “disappearance” was actually her attempt to keep family members healthy, Black Enterprise reported.
“I was never missing. I was in my home. I was being seen by doctors,” Price told TMZ.
The also singer confirmed during the interview that she tested negative for the virus a week ago but still struggles with long-COVID-19 symptoms.
“I am facing a very long, uphill battle right now,” Price told TMZ, noting the virus left her with a significant amount of “internal damage” requiring substantial rehabilitation before she can resume performing.
Price’s lawyer, Kelly Ewing, would not say if the singer was vaccinated, WSB-TV reported.
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