"Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail," reads the Instagram statement for Melly, who has been behind bars for two counts of first-degree murder since February of 2019. "He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus. He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please." These announcements arrive as the virus continues to affect people across the globe.
According to Bloomberg, the virus had afflicted over 1 million people as of April 2. Across the world, people have isolated themselves in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The practice is called social distancing, and on March 29, President Trump announced that those guidelines would be in place in the U.S. until April 30.
With the coronavirus continuing to spread and members of the rap community announcing that they've contracted it, XXL takes a look at other artists who've caught the virus.
On Thursday (April 2), YNW Melly's official Instagram account announced the 20-year-old rapper had contracted the coronavirus while behind bars. Melly, who remains locked up in the Broward County Jail awaiting trial, has begun his petition for release after conditions in jails and prisons worsen as a result of the pandemic.
As one of the first rappers to come forward that he tested positive for coronavirus, Slim Thug showed that nobody is immune to this disease. The Southern rapper, who came forward about his diagnosis on March 24, explained the importance of self-isolating and taking the mandates to stay inside seriously.
Hip-hop was rocked to its core when veteran and Geto Boys member Scarface announced he had COVID-19. In late March, the 49-year-old rapper revealed how the virus started as pneumonia in both of his lungs before leading to kidney failure.
Fred The Godson
Fred The Godson gave fans an update on his health on April 6 and announced he contracted coronavirus. In an image posted to Twitter, the former XXL Freshman showed himself in a hospital asking fans for their prayers. On April 24, the Bronx rapper died after testing positive with the illness.
While self-quarantining, DJ Webstar let his followers know he had coronavirus on March 24. The "Chicken Noodle Soup" creator let fans and friends know about his symptoms citing "fever, headaches, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, no appetite."