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Celebrated Austin artist Christopher Cross temporarily paralyzed due to COVID-19 complications

Deborah Sengupta Stith, dsengupta@statesman.com
Musician Christopher Cross performs Jan. 18 at the Paramount Theatre. [Suzanne Cordeiro for Statesman]

Update: Cross revealed on April 30 that the paralysis is due to a rare condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome that was induced by the coronavirus.

READ MORE: Christopher Cross update: Guillain-Barré Syndrome caused paralysis

Early this month, Grammy-winning Austin singer-songwriter Christopher Cross announced on social media that he was “among the growing number of Americans who tested positive” for COVID-19.

At the time, he was not hospitalized, but said the disease caused by the coronavirus was “possibly the worst illness I have ever had.”

On April 16, he shared an update on his condition on social media.

“After being sick for weeks, I slowly started to recover,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, as a consequence of COVID-19, other problems were caused.”

Cross said he is currently suffering from “intense muscle weakness” and temporary paralysis of his legs. He is unable to walk, but he said his doctors assure him he will recover. He said he’s begun physical therapy and is optimistic about his condition improving.

“I wanted to let you know my situation and that I will get past this,” he wrote, adding that he looks forward to beginning his postponed tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his Grammy-winning, self-titled debut album.