Smokey Robinson calls on people to take preventive measures against COVID-19: ‘Protect yourself’

Smokey Robinson, 81, talks about his near-death struggle with COVID… as he urges people to take preventive action against the ‘real killer’


Smokey Robinson has urged people to ‘protect’ themselves and their loved ones after a near-death battle with ‘real killer’ COVID-19.

The 81-year-old Motown legend was hospitalized for 11 days last year after contracting the coronavirus and fearing he would never sing again.

And the Tears of a Clown hitmaker has admitted it was “very hard” to “overcome” and hopes by sharing his story he will help others.

Take care of each other: Smokey Robinson has urged people to ‘protect’ themselves and their loved ones after a near-death battle with ‘real killer’ COVID-19 (photo January 2020)

Speak with entertainment tonight, he said ‘I’m very happy to share [my story] because I hope it helps someone, COVID just comes on and people ask me today, who knew I had it… where did you get it, how did you get it? I do not know. I have no idea how I got it. All I know is I looked up and I had it.’

The music legend added: “It was a horrible, horrible thing and as I went through it I didn’t really think ‘Hey man, maybe you’ll never get out of this hospital alive.’ I didn’t think so. I was just thinking about [how] I have to get myself together.’

The Motor City Miracle star admitted he was afraid of the seriousness of his condition, while believing he wouldn’t be here to tell the story if it wasn’t for God.

Trying to encourage others through his story: Robinson, seen in 2001, said he hopes by sharing his story, he will help others

Trying to encourage others through his story: Robinson, seen in 2001, said he hopes by sharing his story, he will help others

Spending time in hospital: Robinson was hospitalized for 11 days last year due to COVID-19 (photo 1984)

Spending time in hospital: Robinson was hospitalized for 11 days last year due to COVID-19 (photo 1984)

He said: ‘Protect yourself and those you love, because it is a real killer and it is terrible to have to go through.

“Some people go through it lightly, but you have it with someone who has gone through it heavily. So if you’re going through it like this, it’s a very difficult health problem to overcome… [if it wasn’t] for the grace of God I wouldn’t be here to talk to you and I’m sure of it.’

Smokey quickly returned to work and has no plans to retire.

'Real killer': Robinson called COVID-19 a 'real killer' during interview, saying 'it's terrible to have to go on' (photo 2019 with Frances Gladney)

‘Real killer’: Robinson called COVID-19 a ‘real killer’ during interview, saying ‘it’s terrible to have to go on’ (photo 2019 with Frances Gladney)

Not quitting anytime soon: Robinson, pictured in 2019, said he won't quit anytime soon and he was 'miserable for three years' when he retired

Not quitting anytime soon: Robinson, pictured in 2019, said he won’t quit anytime soon and he was ‘miserable for three years’ when he retired

He admitted, “I tried to quit this once and was miserable for three years.”

“The reason for that is that I can’t find anything to replace it for me,” he added.

“You know, especially for my age, I’m still doing it here and people say, ‘Why are you still doing this?’ I love my job, I like my job.’

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