Italian tenor and opera singer Andrea Bocelli sings during a rehearsal on a deserted Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on April 12, 2020, prior to an evening performance without public for the world wounded by the pandemic, during the country's lockdown a Photograph:( AFP )
COVID-19 doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care about who you are or how famous you might be
COVID-19 doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care about who you are or how famous you might be. Since early March, many big names in the entertainment industry have contracted COVID-19. While many survived, a few lost their fight to the novel virus.
On May 26, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli revealed that he has recovered from COVID-19. The famed singer, who has been completely blind since the age of 12, delivered a lockdown high point on April 12, when he performed at an empty cathedral in Milan for easter.
The 61-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus more than a month before his headline-making concert. His wife and their 8-year-old daughter also contracted the virus in their native Italy. The singer said he didn't reveal that he was sick because he didn't want to alarm his fans, and also wanted to protect his family's privacy.
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Earlier this week, he and his wife donated blood plasma to help scientists develop a vaccine.
On May 11, Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub also announced that he and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, had both fully recovered from coronavirus infection.
"It was a pretty rough few weeks, but we realise that so many other people have and had it a lot worse," he said during an online episode of "At Home Variety Show."
On May 11, pop singer Madonna confirmed that she had the coronavirus infection. The 61-year-old wrote, "When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you had the virus which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show."
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The singer has made full recovery now and also donated $1.1 million towards the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The entertainment industry has also lost a few much-loved stars to COVID-19 this month. On May 8, magician Roy Horn died of COVID-19 complications.
The magician, who starred alongside Siegfried Fischbacher in a popular long-running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers, died at the age of 75
On May 3, the stranglers' keyboard player Dave Greenfield also passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. An announcement on the veteran British Punk Rock Band's official website said Greenfield had been admitted for heart problems, but he also tested positive for coronavirus.
British rapper Ty, Ben Chijioke, also died from complications due to the novel coronavirus. The Nigerian British artist was only 47. The mercury prize nominee had contracted pneumonia while recovering from the virus.