John Prine Health Update: Stable, But Still Critical Due to COVID-19

The day after we learned that songwriting legend John Prine was in the hospital and intubated on a respirator due to Coronavirus symptoms, we now have a bit of a clearer picture on his condition from his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who had contracted COVID-19 herself recently.

“I have recovered from Covid-19,” she shared on Monday morning (3-30). “We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family. He is stabile(sic). Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you.”

This gave fans of John Prine hope for the songwriter, but Fiona Prine added Monday afternoon, “I need to clarify what I mean by ‘John is stable,’ That is not the same as improving. There is no cure for COVID-19. He needs our prayers and love — as do the thousands of others who are critically ill. Stay at home. Wash your hands. We love you.”

John Prine remains in an ICU unit on a respirator, and they have also confirmed that he does have the Coronavirus. Prine was initially hospitalized on Thursday, March 26th, and intubated on Saturday, March 28th. When Fiona Prine initially tested positive in mid March, John Prine also received a test, but it came back indeterminate at that time. She had been quarantining away from John as she recovered from the virus. She believes she contracted COVID-19 when the couple was recently traveling in Europe.

John Prine is a survivor of squamous cell Cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 1998. Then in 2013, Prine was diagnosed with Cancer in his left lung and underwent surgery to remove it. At 73-years-old with other numerous underlying health conditions including a heart issue, it puts the songwriter at a high risk from COVID-19.

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