Radio host Al B. Of course! Opens up about his recent health scare.
The 54-year-old radio host gave his first interview this week, speaking to FOX New York after waking up from a 2-month coma.
In the talk, he discussed weight gain at the peak of his career after winning the American Music Award for Best Artist and being nominated for two Grammys. He started making some changes after Quincy Jones told him to “please get your act together”, prompting him to have bariatric surgery, which made him feel and look better.
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Things took a turn for the worse earlier this year, however, when he collapsed while working on his new music, before slipping into a coma for over two months. Al B. (whose real name is Albert Joseph Brown III) shared that he suffered from multiple illnesses, including kidney failure to the point that doctors considered placing him in hospice.
“I was intubated. I was on a ventilator with a tracheotomy. I mean, there were so many things going on,” he explained.
Al B. managed to join forces after enduring the near-death experience and is now on the road to recovery, he explained.
“What people don’t really understand, unless you’ve been through this kind of medical journey, is breathing, tying your shoelaces, taking speaking for granted,” said the singer-songwriter who also revealed he got a new liver. .
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“I got what’s called ‘Chevron,’ then they sliced open your chest, which was probably the first time I’ve really talked about it…[I’m a] recipient of an amazing blessed new liver – and you know I’m going to treat it right,” he said.
As his health crisis came to light, Al B. also received tremendous support from industry colleagues and high-profile individuals, including Snoop Dogg, Halle Berry, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
To get back to work, Al is now working on writing a book about his life, creating a podcast and producing new music. He also recently narrated a documentary about the life of Reverend Al Sharpton entitled The Loudmouth.
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“If I can influence, help or inspire someone else, I’ve done my job,” he said.
In October, Al B. shared an update on Twitter alongside a photo from the hospital following his recovery.
“A very humble thank you for the prayers my @WBLS1075NYC family. I’m alive, awake, on the mend”, he wrote at the time. “Submissively grateful! #AllPraiseisDuetoAllah. I will be sharing more of my health experiences soon in hopes of encouraging all of us to keep up to date with our #Health and wellbeing #GoSeetheDoctor ❤️ ABS!”