Report: Country music legend Willie Nelson had COVID-19 in May

Country music legend Willie Nelson was forced to postpone a concert three months ago in Nashville, Tennessee, because he had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a published report.

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According to The New York Times Magazine on Wednesday, Nelson tested positive for the virus about a week after his 89th birthday. That forced him to cancel a May 6 event at Nashville’s FirstBank Amphitheater. The concert headlined by Willie Nelson and Family in Franklin was rescheduled for June 19.

At the time, the postponement was attributed to an unnamed member of the band testing positive for COVID-19.

Nelson tested positive for the virus on May 4 in Nashville, the Times reported.

The singer woke up in the middle of the night on his tour bus and was struggling to breathe, according to the publication.

“I had a nebulizer on the bus,” his wife, Annie D’Angelo, told the Times. “I started everything I could at that point, including Paxlovid. He had the monoclonal antibodies. He had steroids.”

The bus drove the Nelsons back to their home, and a medical unit was taken to their ranch.

“We turned the house into a hospital,” D’Angelo told the magazine. “There were a couple of times when I wasn’t sure he was going to make it.”

“I had a pretty rough time with it,” Nelson said. “COVID ain’t nothing to laugh at, that’s for sure.”

Nelson’s older sister, Bobbie Nelson, died in March at the age of 91.

Willie Nelson shared a Facebook post in January 2021, where he received a COVID-19 shot at a drive-through facility in Texas.

Six days after becoming ill, Willie Nelson had recovered and resumed his tour, The Dallas Morning News reported.


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