Coronavirus

All the Musicians Who Have Spoken Out About Having Coronavirus

YNW Melly
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YNW Melly

With the confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States rising each day, the rich and famous aren't staying quiet about their diagnoses. Instead, celebrities are speaking out on social media not only to keep fans informed but, in some cases, to urge followers to stay home in order to help reduce the risk of transmission.

Bold-faced names from professional athletes (Kevin Durant) to politicians (Miami's Mayor Francis Suarez) to big- and small-screen stars (Daniel Dae Kim) and even royals (Prince Albert II) are among those who have opened up about having tested positive for COVID-19. Musicians have been no different, sharing tales of their symptoms and quarantine.

Here are the artists who have opened up about having the coronavirus.

Christopher Cross

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross revealed on April 3 that he was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The five-time Grammy winner shared the news in a lengthy Facebook post."I'm sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," he wrote. "Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I've ever had."

Sara Bareilles

The singer-songwriter and actress revealed in her Instagram Stories on April 2 that she had contracted the coronavirus, but is OK. "I had it, just so you know. I’m fully recovered, just so you know," she explained in a video of her taking a walk. "I am just thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around."

YNW Melly

YNW Melly has tested positive for the coronavirus while awaiting trial in Florida's Broward County Jail, the rapper's Instagram account confirmed on April 2. "He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus," the post alongside a photo with his family reads. "He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please."

Larry Campbell

The 65-year-old guitarist and Grammy-winning producer told Rolling Stone on April 2 that his coronavirus experience began with a cough he attributed to pollen. He then had a high fever and soon tested positive for COVID-19. "I’m still trying to assess all this. For the past two weeks, I’ve been struggling to stay alive. It really is that serious," he said. "That makes you reassess what you’re doing here. I haven’t been able to touch or hold Teresa, or even look at her, this whole time. We’ve been on the phone constantly. It makes me see how valuable our relationship is."

Brian Stokes Mitchell

The Tony-winning Broadway star announced to fans in a video tweeted on April 1 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The actor said he could feel his "body fighting something unusual," but is now feeling better. "For the last number of days -- probably three or four -- every day that has passed has been better than the previous, so I'm pretty sure I'm over the hump," he said. "Take care of yourselves. Keep your social distancing."

Kalie Shorr

The country singer shared with fans on March 30 that she had contracted the coronavirus "despite being quarantined," going out only for groceries. Shorr shared in tweets that "the first few days were absolutely miserable. ... My entire body was in pain, and my fever was like riding a wave." She is now on the mend. "I'm feeling significantly better," Shorr wrote, "but it's proof how dangerous and contagious this is. It's endlessly frustrating to see people not taking this seriously."

Juan Pablo Villamil

The Morat band member revealed in a March 26 message from the group that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The musicians explained that they had been in Spain and Mexico, and upon arriving home in Colombia, they decided to be safe and self-quarantine, noting that they had experienced mild symptoms. "Villa was tested because he had symptoms and was positive for COVID-19. For having been together for 14 days and having some similar symptoms, it’s our responsibility to assume that we all have the virus," they wrote on their Instagram post. "We have had very mild symptoms. We must be careful not to become contagion agents. We love you and ask you to stay home and listen to what the authorities say."

Joe Diffie

Veteran country artist Joe Diffie tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie, who was the first country artist to announce publicly that he has been diagnosed, said in a statement on March 27: “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment… We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.” On March 29, he died from complications of the virus.

John Prine

On March 29, Prine's family spoke for him to announce that the singer had been hospitalized, and was in critical condition, due to coronavirus symptoms. “After a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical," the update read.

Scarface

Scarface revealed his diagnosis March 26 during a live stream with his Geto Boys bandmate Willie D. The rapper explained that he had been sick for weeks, in-and-out of treatment, but officially got his results on March 25. What started out as an "itch" in the throat, led to Scarface heading to the emergency room, where he was given an IV and antibiotics. After he was discharged, he returned to the ER "even sicker," and noted that "It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs and three or four days later my kidneys failed. I’ve been to the point where I felt I was gonna die.”

Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson

The leader of the Texas-based band alerted fans via Facebook on March 31 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus but says he remains optimistic. “Hoping for the best don't have the usual symptoms but feel tired head ache no fever no cough!!" Benson posted on Facebook. "I'll be ok sure do miss playin music and seein everyone!”

Slim Thug

On March 24, Slim Thug announced via Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus. "Check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive," Thug revealed. "As careful as I been self-quarantined and staying home -- I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on -- my test came back positive." The "Like a Boss" MC warned fans to take the virus seriously and cautioned them to stay indoors despite wanting to interact outside.

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne revealed March 24 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he immediately sought out testing when he developed a cough and started running a fever. He did test positive, but he downplayed the severity of his illness. "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that," Browne said. The 71-year-old rocker is pretty certain he picked up the virus on his recent trip to New York for the Love Rocks NYC benefit, which moved forward on March 12 as planned but, for the first time, live-streamed and with no audience because of early coronavirus cautions. "Now I wish I hadn’t gone to New York and done this benefit," he admitted.

Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger, the songwriter and bassist known best as a member of Fountains of Wayne and Ivy, and for his Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated work in TV and film, died from coronavirus complications on April 1 at age 52. The musician's longtime attorney Josh Grier told Billboard on March 31 that Schlesinger had "tested positive for the virus, and has been hospitalized on a ventilator."

Alan Merrill

The musician, known for co-writing "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (originally for his band the Arrows, though it was later famously recorded and made a hit by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts), died from COVID-19 on March 29, according to a message shared by his daughter Laura, who spoke openly of her father's death. "How could this be? I was just at his show a couple of weeks ago. I had just photographed his portrait for his new album. Texted with him earlier. He played down the “cold” he thought he had," she wrote on Facebook. "People are dying. You don’t think It’ll happen to you or your strong family. It has. Stay home if not for you...for others. For my dad. This thing is real. We probably won’t be able to mourn him properly with a funeral. I just lost the greatest love of my life and won’t be able to hug anyone because I’ve been exposed and need to self quarantine for two weeks....alone."

Charlotte Lawrence

The singer-songwriter told fans March 18 that she had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. "I am going to be completely fine," she assured her followers in an Instagram post before urging them to help reduce the number of people infected by self-isolating. "Stay inside. Please. Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside. ... Think about someone else getting your loved ones sick because they don't listen, because they thought they knew better. Because they were selfish. We have the power to slow this down."

Andrew Watt

The music producer, who worked on Cardi B's Grammy-winning album Invasion of Privacy and each of Post Malone's three albums, shared in a March 17 Instagram post that he was originally diagnosed with the flu when he started feeling sick on March 6 and was told by a doctor that he absolutely didn't have the coronavirus. Watt explained that he went to the ER and "begged" to be tested and was denied, and it wasn't until he got a private doctor that he found out he had the virus. "To have the mentality 'I'm young and this can't affect me' is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you," wrote the 29-year-old. "It's not about you. It's about everyone together fighting this as a team."

DJ Webstar

DJ Webstar, best known for his 2009 hit "Chicken Noodle Soup," has tested positive for the coronavirus. The producer announced the news March 24 via Instagram. "I started getting a lot of symptoms on about 9-10 days ago, so isolated myself immediately," he explained. "Fever, headaches, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, no appetite. So I thought it was the flu originally. The flu test back came back negative. The COVID test I got back about an hour ago and I tested positive for it."

David Bryan (of Bon Jovi)

The Bon Jovi keyboardist, who is also a Tony Award-winning composer (Memphis), said in an Instagram update on March 21 that he's "feeling better each day" after testing positive and remaining quarantined for a week (with another week to follow). He urged followers to not be afraid of the virus, but reminded them to "please help out each other. This will be over soon... with the help of every American!!"

Placido Domingo

The opera singer announced on social media on March 22 that he had tested positive and is isolating in self-quarantine. "I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive," he said. "I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!"

Sandi Patty

The gospel singer shared on March 17 that she and her husband, Don, had both tested positive and are under quarantine for two weeks. "This is not fake news," she insisted on Instagram. "If you are not already practicing social distancing and STAYING HOME, DO SO NOW! This is what we can all do. This is how we stop the spread."

Ocean Grove

An unidentified member of the Aussie metalcore act has contracted COVID-19. The Melbourne band just completed a round of meet-and-greets in support of their new album Flip Phone Fantasy, the followup to 2017's The Rhapsody Tapes which peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Reps for Ocean Grove's label UNIFIED say “please keep the Ocean Grove guys (and others affected) in your hearts and minds during this time.”

Thelma Plum

Multiple ARIA Award-nominated Australian singer Thelma Plum was hospitalized after contracting the novel coronavirus. In a social post, Plum wrote that she’s “doing really good, feeling good,” but warned of the virus’ potential harm, particularly to Australia’s Indigenous communities. "Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak is key," she wrote.

Idris Elba

The Golden Globe-winning actor, who is also a musician (he opened for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour in Berlin), told fans in a video on March 16 that he has COVID-19. After learning that he was in contact with someone who had tested positive, "I quarantined myself and got tested immediately," Elba said, emphasizing that he showed no symptoms. "Look, this is serious, you know? Now's the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands."

Brandon Hoover

The Crown the Empire guitarist revealed that he thought he had picked up a case of the flu through his travels, and it wasn't until he went to the ER that he found out it was actually the coronavirus. "I advise everyone to keep yourselves informed, stay isolated, drink lots of water and wash your hands!" he tweeted to his fans on March 16.

Rita Wilson

The recording artist's husband, actor Tom Hanks, shared with the world on March 11 that the couple had been diagnosed while in Australia. Per the actor, Wilson had some chills and slight fevers. While in isolation, she reached out to fans on Twitter for suggestions for a quarantine playlist. Hours later, she revealed the 28-song "Quarantunes."

DJ Black N Mild

New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild died on March 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Orleans Parish coroner's office confirmed March 20 that the DJ, born Oliver Stokes Jr., died after contracting COVID-19. He was 44. Stokes reportedly left work with a fever on March 9 and documented the early stages of his sickness on social media, writing his last post -- "pneumonia not the flu" -- on March 11.

Aaron Tveit

Broadway star Aaron Tveit, age 36, revealed on Monday (March 23) via Instagram that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and has been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on March 12.

Testament singer Chucky Billy

Testament lead singer Chuck Billy and several members of the long-running hard rock band's crew have tested positive for COVID-19. The band announced the news on March 22 in a statement, explaining that several group members began feeling unwell after returning from their Bay Strikes back European tour earlier this month.

Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien

On March 23, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien posted on Instagram that he has been home for days with flu-like symptoms and that he "most probably" has the coronavirus, though he hasn't been tested yet because he thinks the scarce tests should be reserved for the "vulnerable in our community."

Wallace Roney

On March 31, Jazz trumpeter and composer Wallace Roney died due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 59 years old. According to NPR, Roney was admitted to St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, last Wednesday.

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