Hip-hop icon DJ Jazzy Jeff — real name, Jeffrey Allen Townes — has been diagnosed with pneumonia and announced that he believes he was infected with COVID-19.
Jazzy Jeff, 55, made the announcement on Instagram in a series of posts. He said he has been experiencing many of the symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, including a loss of smell and taste. He did not say if he has been tested for COVID-19.
The Philly native and Grammy-winning artist is famous for his ’80s hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince that included Will Smith. He said he was ill for most of March and has been recovering from pneumonia in both of his lungs.
“I’m recovering from pneumonia in both my lungs…I lost my sense of smell and taste which is a main sign of the virus,” he wrote via Instagram stories. “I would NOT be here if not for my guardian angel for a wife!”
He added: “Please take this seriously. It does not care who you are…what you do or what your plans are. Stay safe.”
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“Pls say a prayer for the sick,” Jazzy Jeff added online. “It’s a lot more than you know.”
There have been 228,759 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 5,374 deaths, according to Worldometers.