Reggae Legend Toots Hibbert ‘Fighting for His Life’ After Hospitalized With COVID-19 Symptoms

Toots Hibbert's condition apparently worsens after he was hospitalized over suspected COVID-19 over the weekend. Sharing an update on his health, his publicist Claude Mills says the reggae legend is now placed in a medically-induced coma at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

The 77-year-old, who was initially treated in an intensive care unit at a private medical facility in the Corporate Area in Kingston, Jamaica after he developed "breathing problems," was transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday, September 1. "Toots is fighting for his life and his family is asking for prayers," his publicist adds.

The test result is still pending, but Claude admits the "Bam Bam" singer was showing all the signs of the virus. Members of his inner circle have since self-quarantined and have taken COVID-19 tests as well.

Reports of Toots' hospitalization surfaced on Monday. "He is in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area. Over the weekend, he complained that he wasn't feeling well, and we were very proactive about it, we moved quickly, checked him into the hospital as his lung function had greatly diminished," his manager Cabel Stephenson said in a statement.

The manager revealed the star's condition at the time, "He is now in good spirits and asks for your prayers and positive vibes as we keep faith that he recuperates quickly."

Cabel also thanked the government, especially the Minister of Culture, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Minister of Health Christopher Tufton for their assistance in expediting the tests for Toots and members of his management team. "Babsy has been very instrumental in making sure that Toots was properly taken care of as she got in touch with the Ministry of Health at an early stage and ensured that things went smoothly. She has called night and day to check up on him, we thank her for her intervention," she said.

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