Jeremih Discusses His Near-Death Battle With COVID-19

The “Planez” singer suffered an irregular heartbeat, kidney failure, and other serious symptoms.

Chicago-raised singer-songwriter Jeremih is still recovering from contracting COVID-19. The 33-year-old R&B performer is out of the hospital, and he is now able to take part in interviews.

Jeremih made a remote appearance on the Sway in the Morning radio show with Chance The Rapper. The two recording artists are promoting their Merry Christmas Lil Mama: The Gift That Keeps On Giving collaborative project, but Jeremih also reflected on his month-long fight with coronavirus.

During his conversation with Sway Calloway and crew, Jeremih recalled waking up twice to see “a white light” as he was recuperating from medical treatment in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit. The Def Jam signee also explained some of the physical complications he suffered as a result of contracting COVID-19.

“I ended up having, and I don’t mind sharing it because now I’m here, but it’s called multiple inflammatory syndrome, MIS, which is a rare case of cause and effect of COVID,” explained Jeremih. “All my organs became inflamed. It was going down. My heart went out and started beating irregularly, my kidneys went out, my liver started to go bad. I know all that now. Mind you, I didn’t know what was going on at the time. I was out.”

The iHeartRadio Music Award winner added, “I’ve never been to a hospital in my entire life either – not for a broken bone, not for nothing. So just to be in there, I look at it as somewhat of a blessing. As crazy as it might sound, I needed to sit down. I needed to take a break.”

According to Jeremih, he also had to learn how to walk again as a result of MIS. The Late Nights album creator also talked about how surviving this near-death experience will serve as a catalyst for him to advance his career to the “10th power” upon fully regaining his strength. He referred to his coronavirus hospitalization as a “setback for the big payback.”