American singer, August Alsina, has been hospitalized after losing the ability to walk.
26-year-old Alsina revealed the concerning news on Instagram Monday, sharing a video of himself lying in a hospital bed.
“Hi guys, it’s August,” he began in the clip. “As you can probably tell, I’m in the hospital. So, here’s the stitch: I woke up one day and wasn’t able to walk.”
“I couldn’t feel my legs and my doctor ended up admitting me into the hospital,” he continued.
The singer shared “we’re doing a bunch of tests and they’re saying I have some nerve damage going on throughout my body.”
“It’s like my immune system went on vacation. So, I’m just waiting on it to come back and we can get together and it can do what it do, man,” Alsina told fans.
Despite his condition, Alsina managed to make light of the situation, telling his followers “I got a new car.”
He then panned the camera to show his hospital walker.
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Hiiii guys!! 😂It’s me, being my most awesome, weirdly great self. 🤦🏽♂️I’m here with the stitch 🗣 & to also apologize for not being able to make the essence fest gig last night. I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now, & figured I should share.. that My auto immune disease is raging, but im fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & beable to make it up to you! I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!..& Big Love to give. ❤️ Big Life, Big Dreams & every peaceful thing to you! Less stress, More Love, More Rest, & Jah Bless. 🙏🏽 know that HE’s got you even when it all feels too complex. 👁⚡️🙏🏽
“It’s getting me from point A to point B, you understand me!” Alsina joked.
Alsina explained in the caption of the post that his hospitalization forced him to miss his performance at Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.
“I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now, & figured I should share.”
“My autoimmune disease is raging, but I’m fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & be able to make it up to you!”
Alsina added that he has new music on the way writing, “I I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!..& Big Love to give. ❤️”
Alsina revealed in 2017 that he suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver.
“I’m sicker than ever & having a hard time accepting what I feel & what the doctors are saying is most true,” Alsina captioned an Instagram post at the time, which included a video of him revealing the news to his close friend Jada Pinkett Smith in a sit-down interview.
Alsina explained in the caption and to Pinkett Smith, 47, in the clip that the disease his hereditary.
“After sitting down and talking with my father’s mother and sister… they explained to me that sickness & illness runs in my family. My father & grandfather both died of severe illness.”
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So I have this eye disease.. Blind in my left, and losing vision in my right. In order to prevent my eyesight from deteriorating ihad to do this surgery. This shit is beyond painful & Life be throwin' a nigxa curve balls but what I've gained from it all is priceless… A lot of things that are so natural to us in life (like waking up and being able to see 👀) we can take it for granted. Thank God the OG for allowing me to see.. The good the bad the ugly, I'm just glad to see👀
In 2014, Alsina terrified fans when he collapsed while on stage in New York and in 2015 he revealed he had to have surgery on his eye due to an eye disease that was causing him to go blind. It is not immediately clear if the incidents had to do with his autoimmune disease.
Nonetheless, Alsina doesn’t want his fans or anyone to look at him differently because of his illness.
“Reality is that I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a f—— cancer patient, because I’m not,” Alsina said in the Instagram post.