Rihanna’s Father, Ronald Fenty, Feared He Would Die After Contracting Coronavirus

He shared the first thing Rihanna did after learning of his diagnosis.

Rihanna has a storied relationship with her father, but Ronald Fenty revealed she came through for him in a major way after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 66-year-old Barbados-native opened up about his harrowing ordeal that brought him to his knees. “My daughter, Robyn, was checking in on me every day. I feared the worst. I thought I was going to die, honestly,” he admitted to the UK publication. Ronald said that his health took a turn for the worst after he developed a fever. “I got a fever up inside of my nose. I had a fever across my lips. It was just a lot of fever,” he recalled. It resulted in him being quarantined at an isolation center where he says he was able to make a full recovery just after 14 days.

  • Ronald claimed that Rihanna sent him a ventilator for him to have on hand at his Caribbean home once she learned of the news. “I have to say, 'I love you so much, Robyn,’” he added. “She did so much for me. I appreciate everything she has done.”

    Ronald says he was declared “virus-free” but cautioned “everybody to stay home” as the number of cases start to peak. “This is a serious situation. More serious than people realize. Please stay home,” he iterated. 

    In the midst of the U.S. coronavirus crisis, Latin American and Caribbean countries are ramping up preparedness efforts toward the virus, according to the Miami Herald. So far, there's been a reported  56 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death in Barbados, according to the New York Times

  • Hospitals and healthcare infrastructures at the frontlines of fighting the global coronavirus pandemic, particularly in the U.S., have been overwhelmed by the influx of cases. In major cities, hospitals are experiencing a shortage in resources such as beds and ventilators for patients. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo disclosed that the Barbadian mogul had donated personal protective equipment to the state of New York.

    Last week, Rihanna and Jay-Z also joined forces to donate more than $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in New York and Los Angeles. The funds will help support undocumented workers, the childen of frontline healthworkers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in both cities amid the pandemic.

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