Kelly Price has broken her silence after she was reported missing earlier this month.
In an statement on Instagram early Monday (Sept. 27), the gospel and R&B singer thanked her friends and fans for their concern, and said she is working on restoring her health after contracting COVID-19.
“Thank you for your love, concern and prayers,” she began. “I truly appreciate them and all of you who did them. They are not lost on me. I promise. I’m going back into solace and silence where can put first things first and that is to be restored, to be healthy and to be whole.”
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On Sunday night, Price appeared in an on-camera interview with TMZ, and said she had “flatlined” after being taken to the hospital with a severe case of the coronavirus.
“At some point they lost me. I woke up a couple of days and the first thing I remember was the doctors standing around me asking me if I knew what year it was,” she said. The interviewer then asked the singer-songwriter to explain what she meant by “they lost me.” Price responded, “I died.”
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Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia performed a welfare check at Price’s home last Saturday. But they were unable to locate her and a missing person’s report was filed.
Price told TMZ she had been sick for about a week before she was taken to the hospital.
“My temperature had raised to 103 [degrees] and my breathing was extremely shallow,” she explained. She then got emotional while noting that the virus has taken a heavy toll on her health.”
“I have what is called long COVID and I am facing a very uphill battle right now,” she said. “I suffered a lot of internal damage and so I have a lot of rehabbing to do before I am able to be concert-ready again.”
After she was released from the hospital, the singer said she left home to recover at an undisclosed location because people kept ringing her doorbell.
“I literally left my house maybe a week ago because I couldn’t rest there,” she said. “I turned off everything.”
She also disputed claims made by her sister, Shanrae Price, who said she hadn’t seen Kelly in “months.”
“It hasn’t been two months since I’ve seen my sister. It’s been a year,” the singer explained. “I haven’t been in the same room as her since my mother’s funeral. Prior to that we hadn’t seen each other all pandemic long. That’s not new for us. We’ve been strained for a very long time.”
As previously reported, Shanrae called into the digital “Larry Reid Live” show Friday and told listeners: “I’m just asking everybody to pray… I understand that an attorney has stated that my sister is okay. We don’t know anything until we physically see her.”
“My sister is a very visible person. We haven’t heard anything from her in months,” Shanrae added. “She was sick and she was very sick with COVID. This is unlike her. No one has heard from her. I know everyone has their own opinions. I don’t do stuff like this, but I did want to call in. Until we physically see my sister, we don’t know anything… I’m just asking people please pray okay, because she still has two children and it’s just she and I. We lost our mother, we lost our sister six years prior. It’s just she and I.”