DJ Jazzy Jeff is opening up about his battle with pneumonia and possible coronavirus.
The Philly-bred DJ spoke to his BFF Will Smith on his new SnapChat series Will From Home. We figured it was only a matter of time before Smith discussed Jazzy Jeff’s illness after it made headlines a couple of weeks ago.
The duo spoke via video chat. The 55-year-old said he developed coronavirus-like symptoms at the end of last month and decided to go to the hospital.
“I came home from my trip. I was like, ‘I feel like I’m coming down with something’ and got into bed, and I don’t remember the next 10 days,” he said. “I had a temperature that reached 103. I had the chills. I lost sense of smell. I lost sense of taste.”
As previously reported, the “Summertime” hit-maker had pneumonia in both lungs, which he believes to be COVID-19, related. Jeff told Smith doctors realized he had pneumonia after giving him a chest X-ray.
Will responded: “And you couldn’t even get tested!” to which Jeff responded: “They gave me a flu test. And when I went and got the chest X-ray, she came in and said, ‘You have pneumonia in both your lungs’.”
He added: “Unfortunately, people think we’re at the end [of the pandemic], and I think we’re really at the beginning.”
Discussing how he was alerted to Jeff’s illness, Oscar nominee Will said: “Lynette [Jeff’s wife] called me and Lynette doesn’t panic and she called with panic vibes.”
Jeff, known for his music collaborations with Will as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince in the 1990s, broke the news of his illness to his fans last month via Instagram stories.
He wrote: “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. I would NOT be here if not for my guardian angel for a wife!”
He added: “Pls say a prayer for all the sick… it’s a lot more than you know!!”