Gospel singer Kelly Price says she wasn’t missing… but was previously hospitalized amid COVID-19 battle
Gospel singer Kelly Price is speaking out about rumors she missed as she said she was hospitalized with coronavirus in a critical health battle in which she was clinically dead.
The 48-year-old singer told TMZ that she was never missing, but that she was deliberately isolated from her family, with whom she says she has no regular contact.
The New York-born singer said doctors and medical personnel were able to resuscitate her after she lay flat amid health decline due to the virus.
The latest: Gospel singer Kelly Price, 48, is speaking out about rumors she missed as she said she was hospitalized with coronavirus in a critical health battle in which she was clinically dead. She was pictured at the 2019 Black Music Honors awards in Atlanta
Price said she’s still on oxygen and talking was difficult, but she thought it was important to tell her what was going on.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Price had been vaccinated, the outlet reported, noting that they had asked her attorney Monica Ewing but received no definitive answer.
Price told the outlet that the differing stories of her disappearance were the result of a family breakup with her sister and others.
Price’s sister Shanrae Cheree Price told BNC News on Friday that the family is “furious” as they try to locate the gospel singer after she was reported missing in Georgia.
Kelly Price’s sister Shanrae Cheree Price told BNC News on Friday that her family hadn’t seen Price in “over a month” after she was reported missing in Georgia following a hospital stay for Covid-19
Last time: According to Shanrae, her niece and nephew last saw Price in hospital on August 13, before she was discharged; Price seen in 2019 in Las Vegas
Shanrae Cheree Price claimed relatives hadn’t seen Kelly in over a month since she was released from the hospital after testing positive for the virus.
Price’s sister shared her concerns shortly after Ewing told TMZ that the singer is not missing and is continuing to recover in an undisclosed location. According to Shanrae, her niece and nephew last saw Kelly in the hospital on Aug. 13, before she was discharged.
She said family members were “confused,” “upset” and “afraid” of Price.
“Please, Kelly, if you’re okay, just show up,” she begged. “Go to the police, do something, but we need to see you physically.”
Shanrae also urged anyone who might know anything about Price’s whereabouts to come forward.
Urgent plea: “Please, Kelly, if you’re okay, please just show up,” she begged. “Go to the police, do something, but we need to see you physically.”
Leading the way: Shanrae also clarified that she had gone to Price’s house and requested a welfare check carried out by the police
Need proof: She wanted to see Price in person. “We can’t just take tapes or messages, we need to see my sister physically. I need to see her and make sure she’s okay,” she said. ‘I’m crazy’
She confirmed that Price’s family had not received any updates on her sister’s condition after she was released from the hospital.
Shanrae also clarified that she had gone to Price’s home and requested a welfare check which was carried out by the police.
‘We haven’t seen her. We haven’t heard her. We don’t know where my sister is,’ she said. “We can’t just take tapes or messages, we need to see my sister physically. I need to see her and make sure she’s okay. I’m furious.’
Kelly Price was previously reported missing in Georgia after being released from the hospital in July after contracting COVID-19.
The singer, who released a new album earlier this year, has been reported missing after a health check at her home last Saturday, according to the Cobb County Police Department.
Price told her fans on Instagram that she tested positive for COVID on July 29. A few days later, she was hospitalized and released at the end of August.
Price’s family said her boyfriend, Terrell Babers, pictured with Price in 2020, had prevented them from visiting her when she was released from hospital
Authorities had found no evidence of malicious intent after a search of Price’s home and a conversation with her boyfriend, Terrell Babers. Price’s family had accused Babers of preventing them from visiting her home when she was released early from hospital in late August.
In an Instagram video, Price revealed she contracted COVID-19 on July 29.
“I am COVID positive. I follow the orders of Dr. I’m in quarantine. I feel really drained. Splitting headache, but I’m not in the hospital. I am grateful and expect a speedy recovery,” she told her followers.
Price was admitted to a hospital a few days later.
The family told TMZ they visited her while she was recovering in hospital but were shocked to learn she was being released three weeks later, though she didn’t look healthy enough to leave.
Price began her career in 1998 and grew as an R&B and gospel singer. She is pictured at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2019
The affected family had called the Cobb County Police Department to conduct a welfare check on Sept. 18.
The department said the incident is currently under investigation and Price has been officially reported missing to the National Crime Information Center.
Price is a Grammy-nominated singer who first debuted as an R&B singer in 1998. She achieved national fame with her first gospel album, This Is Who I Am, 15 years ago.
On April 2, she released her second gospel album Grace.