The Smokey Robinson lead vocalist says ‘I’m just like you, I don’t want to be a statistic and I’m telling you this is time for you to get the shots’
Smokey Robinson has been admitted to a hospital in the Philippines where he was hit by pneumonia and other illnesses that kept him in the intensive care unit.
Robinson said on Twitter that he was “truly blessed” and recovering well and that he would be “back doing what I love” shortly. The singer took to Twitter after his hospitalization, telling his fans: “Please get the vaccines you should”.
Smokey Robinson (@SmokeyRobinson) Truly blessed. I am recovering well & getting better everyday. I will be back doing what I love very soon. I sincerely thank you for your prayers and concern. Please get the vaccines you should do! https://t.co/SBVWNzJTxU
He said he would be working to be “the best that I can be. And I hope to inspire others with my voice. I’m not just a singer, I’m a storyteller & I’m hoping to be one of those modern day educators.”
Robinson has been working to teach in schools in the Philippines and recently participated in World Series of Fighting in Singapore where he became the first current music artist to appear on MMA fighter Drew McIntyre’s farewell fight.
Robinson has previously said he is frequently offered the chance to perform at UFC events but rejects them.
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Earlier this year, Robinson said he felt like he was “just barely breathing” when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform his classic song My Girl. In 2013, after suffering from a bout of pneumonia, Robinson told Rolling Stone that he couldn’t sing because he felt “like the tip of the spear”.
“That doctor did a pretty good job of saving my life – I’ll be bringing my doctor up and the doctor and some other people,” he said. “It’s kind of weird. I can take chemo – but I don’t want to.”