Paul Rodgers Opens Up About Losing His Voice After Multiple Strokes
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Paul Rodgers, the renowned singer of Bad Company, recently shared a remarkable and challenging chapter of his life, revealing that he has endured 13 strokes in the past seven years.
The rock legend opened up about his health struggles during an interview on CBS Mornings, shedding light on the profound impact these strokes had on his voice and well-being.
Rodgers recounted his ordeal, explaining that among the 13 strokes, 11 were classified as “minor,” while two were categorized as “major.” The major strokes occurred in 2016 and 2019, with the latter being particularly debilitating.
During the interview, Rodgers candidly described the distressing effects of the strokes, saying:
“I couldn’t do anything, to be honest. I couldn’t speak. That was the very strange thing. You know, I’d prepare something in my mind and I’d say it, but that isn’t what came out, and I’d go, ‘What the heck did I just say?'”
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To address his health condition, Rodgers underwent a procedure called an endarterectomy, which aimed to remove plaque blocking one of his arteries.
This surgery, while necessary, posed significant risks, especially for a singer. Rodgers recounted how the doctor warned him about the surgery’s dangers, stating:
“You may not come out of this alive.”
Throughout this challenging period, Rodgers’ wife, Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers, described the experience as “terrifying” and shared her prayers for his recovery, expressing her simple desire to walk and talk with him again.
Recovery was a gradual process for Rodgers. It took six months before he could pick up a guitar again, and singing took even longer. Each step forward was a triumph, and Rodgers celebrated each achievement along the way. He eventually returned to the studio and recently released his new album, “Midnight Rose,” on September 22. This album marks his first solo LP in nearly 25 years.