The coronavirus pandemic continues to hit close to home in both politics and the entertainment industry.
On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California said that her sister is dying of coronavirus in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and New York Rapper Fred the Godson passed away from COVID-19 complications. He was 35.
“I’m going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri right now, infected by the coronavirus,” a face mask-clad Waters said on the House floor just before a vote on a new Coronavirus package.
Waters made the remarks during a speech in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and pending Health Care Enhancement Act.
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The virus also struck a family member of another member of Congress. Democratic Sen.Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts shared that her brother passed away after testing positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, New York rapper Fred the Godson lost his battle with COVID-19.
Fred first revealed news of testing positive for the virus on April 6 via his Instagram account. “I’m in here with this Covid-19 s–t! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!! #GodIsGreat,” he wrote.
Just two days later, Fred’s wife LeeAnn Jemmott told a local TV station that doctors said her husband may not survive.
“It was just like he’s gone and he’s gonna die, that’s it. I don’t even know how I felt. I just felt like I was going to die,” she told News 12.
When news of Fred’s death hit, music industry figures began flooding social media with posts.
“Peace to you Fred the God Son on your ascension. Prayers to your family. Salute,” wrote Nas on Instagram Thursday.
“My little brother ooooh how sad am i, i prayed and prayed and prayed for you all night long,” added Fat Joe.
French Montana also shared a tribute, writing: “@fredthegodsonmusic damn this is wack! Stay home corona is real.”