Happy Mondays’ Bez convinced he was going to die during tough battle with Covid
Happy Mondays legend Bez was convinced he was going to die during a nasty battle with Covid.
The Manchester legend, 57, feared his years of partying had finally caught up with him when his heart suffered at the start of the pandemic.
He told Daily Star: "I had Covid a week before they made the announcement.
"I couldn’t breathe and I couldn't tell if it was my heart or my lungs.
"I got to the hospital and I said, 'I’ve been having this heart attack for three days' and they plugged me into the machines and everything and I had a swollen heart and a virus.
Happy Mondays rocker Bez worships cider and reckons it's medicine sent from God
"I really seriously thought I was going to die."
Luckily, Bez, real name Mark Berry, was in the shape of his life as he was training for a boxing match against former Manchester United footballer Clayton Blackmore – and says that helped with recovery.
He added: “I continued my juicing and taking my vitamin C, drinking my apple cider vinegar and I did get over it very, very quickly."
Bandmate Shaun Ryder, 58, wasn’t as lucky when he caught the virus months later.
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“Shaun had it for like three weeks. He was hallucinating and having visitations from
the aliens telling him he would be all right.”
Bez has been telling Shaun to take better care of himself for years: “I was quite worried about old Shaun as he isn’t the healthiest man in the world.
“I’ve always told him to take vitamin C and all that but he says, ‘I’m allergic to it’.
“But it transpired he could only eat fruit as he was that ill, and he has alopecia so all his hair has fallen out, but from only eating fruit and getting his vitamin C his hair started growing back. Like I told him, it was a Covid miracle!”
Now for the first time in his musical career, Bez is stepping up to the microphone himself, doing the looping vocals on a new acid house track Flying Bus alongside DJ Doorly.
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