August Alsina took to Instagram to provide fans with an explanation as to why he had to cancel his scheduled set at the 2019 Essence Festival. In an Instagram post, Alsina revealed that he woke up and temporarily lost his ability to walk.
“So here’s the stitch,” Alsina said. “I woke up one day and wasn’t able to walk. Couldn’t feel my legs. My doctor ended up admitting me to the hospital to do a bunch of tests, and he said that I have some nerve damage going on throughout my whole body that I have to undergo a recovery process for.”
He continued, “I don’t know it’s like my immunity system just went on vacation. So just waiting on it to come on back so we can get together and make it do what it do, man.”
Under the video, which showed Alsina in a hospital gown, the singer expressed sympathy for the fans missing the chance to see him perform.
“I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now,” he wrote.
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Hiiii guys!! 😂It’s me, being my most awesome, weirdly great self. 🤦🏽♂️I’m here with the stitch 🗣 & to also apologize for not being able to make the essence fest gig last night. I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now, & figured I should share.. that My auto immune disease is raging, but im fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & beable to make it up to you! I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!..& Big Love to give. ❤️ Big Life, Big Dreams & every peaceful thing to you! Less stress, More Love, More Rest, & Jah Bless. 🙏🏽 know that HE’s got you even when it all feels too complex. 👁⚡️🙏🏽
The New Orleans native opened up about his liver disease diagnosis in a 2017 interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith. Alsina admitted, “I have a liver disease where my autoimmune system is fighting against itself. The reality of it is, I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a f**king cancer patient, ’cause I’m not.”
Our prayers are with August Alsina for a speedy recovery. 🙏🏾