DJ Jazzy Jeff, 55, is on the mend after a likely case of COVID-19. The music producer shared his story and shocking symptoms with friend Will Smith, 51, on the “Will from Home” Snapchat series.
The deejay, real name Jeffrey Allen Townes, revealed, “I came home from my trip. I was like, ‘I feel like I’m coming down with something,’ and got into bed — and I don’t remember the next 10 days.”
He went on, “I had a temperature that reached 103. I had the chills. I lost sense of smell. I lost sense of taste.” Smith replied with a stunned, “Wow.”
Unfortunately, he couldn’t get tested for the coronavirus. “They gave me a flu test… and when I went and got the chest X-ray, she came in and said, ‘You have pneumonia in both your lungs.’”
Will said, “That was scary because Lynette (Jeff’s wife) doesn’t panic and she called me with the panic vibes.”
Smith teased that he “immediately called D-Nice,” the deejay responsible for the uber popular virtual club nights on Instagram Live. “I was like, ‘Not my deejay!’” Smith said, making Jeff laugh.
Jeff also gave his take on the outbreak, saying, “Unfortunately, people think we’re at the end [of the pandemic], and I think we’re really at the beginning.”
Previously, Jeff had shut down rumors that he was gravely ill via Instagram. He told fans on April 5, “Don’t believe everything that you hear on the internet because a lot of it wasn’t true. Now I really was sick. I was sick though. I was real sick.”
He has also been encouraging social distancing, recently posting, “Be grateful that you are here… Be grateful for what you have.. You have more than a lot of people!!! Now take yo ass in the house! #KeepYoAssInTheHouse.”
Jeff and Will have been friends since the 1980s when they formed the Grammy-winning duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.