Christopher Cross is "optimistic about improving" after being sick with coronavirus for weeks

17 April 2020, 12:18

Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

American singer Christopher Cross has given fans an update after being "sick for weeks" with coronavirus.

The 68-year-old artist said he could not walk, but he had been told by doctors he would recover.

"I will get past this," the singer tweeted.

Cross won five Grammy Awards for his self-titled 1979 debut album, and also won an Oscar in 1982 for 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)' from the Dudley Moore comedy Arthur.

Only Billie Eilish has since equalled his record of winning all of the Grammys' 'big four' categories - song of the year, record of the year, album of the year and best new artist.

Cross revealed earlier this month that he had tested positive for Covid-19, describing it "possibly the worst illness" he had ever had.

He has now said he had been "very ill", but he had not developed any further respiratory problems.

"Unfortunately as a consequence of Covid-19 other problems were caused," he said. "At present I am suffering intense muscle weakness and a temporary paralysis of my legs - I am unable to walk.

"However, physicians have assured me I will recover. I have already begun physical therapy and am optimistic about improving."

The singer also thanked his fans for their ongoing support and praised his girlfriend, who had been his "angel throughout all of this".

Christopher Cross is also known for his classic songs 'Sailing' and 'Ride Like the Wind'.