Smokey Robinson urges vaccination following harrowing COVID-19 hospitalization

William “Smokey” Robinson encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which he said left him hospitalized for 11 days.

Robinson, 81, who founded the Motown vocal group The Miracles in 1955, told ET during a recent interview about his heartbreaking encounter with the virus, which he said left him worried if he would ever sing again.

About the time he spent in the hospital, Robinson said he doesn’t remember “four or five of those days.”

“I am very happy to share [my story] because I hope it helps someone, “said Robinson.” COVID just shows up and people ask me today, who knew I had it … where did you get it from, how did you get it? I do not know. I have no idea how I got it. All I know is that I looked up and had it. ”

AJ McLean, Smokey Robinson, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Charlie Wilson perform on stage during the 25th Annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Resorts World Las Vegas on October 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello / Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

“It was a horrible, horrible thing and while I was going through it, I wasn’t really thinking ‘Hey, you might never get out of this hospital alive,'” Robinson continued. “I wasn’t thinking that way. I was just thinking about [how] I have to compose myself. “

In this photo released Nov. 29, Smokey Robinson attends the 2020 Soul Train Awards presented by BET.

In this photo released Nov. 29, Smokey Robinson attends the 2020 Soul Train Awards presented by BET.
(Photo by Leon Bennett / STA 2020)

Robinson also urged his listeners on the importance of maintaining protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Charlie Wilson, Anthony Anderson and Smokey Robinson attend the 25th Annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Resorts World Las Vegas on October 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello / Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Charlie Wilson, Anthony Anderson and Smokey Robinson attend the 25th Annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Resorts World Las Vegas on October 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello / Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

“Protect yourself and your loved ones because he’s a real killer and it’s a horrible thing to have to go through,” he continued. “Some people go through it slightly, but you’re talking to someone who went through it severely. So when you go through it like this, it’s a very difficult health issue to overcome … [if it weren’t] by the grace of God, I wouldn’t be here talking to you and I’m sure of that. “

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