Smokey Robinson nearly died after contracting coronavirus.
The 81-year-old singer spent 11 days in acute care in a Los Angeles hospital last December and even after he pulled through the worst, the 'Tears of a Clown' hitmaker feared he would never sing again.
He told DailyMail.com: "I am a Covid survivor.
"I got it severely and I was hospitalised for 11 days, and four or five of those I do not even remember.
"It really was touch and go and a terribly debilitating ailment.
"I was not sure that I would ever be able to sing again because it took my voice. I could barely even talk.
"Even when I got home I was hoarse, I could not try to sing because I was afraid. It was one of the most frightening fights I have ever had.
"I had to work on my vocal cords and get myself back together. I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life, and it was possible, so I did it."
Smokey's doctors told him he was "lucky" to have survived, and credited him pulling through to the fact he stays fit and active.
He added: "They told me that it was lucky for me especially at my age that I'd taken care of myself; but for the grace of God and that fact I probably would not be here talking right now."
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And the 'Tracks of My Tears' singer admitted it was only after he'd recovered and left hospital that he fully realised how "severe" things had been.
He said: "None of this really scared me until after I came home.
"When I was there trying to get well while weak I never thought about dying. I was thinking I am going to get well.
"I looked back and knew that I could've died, because it was that severe. Then it scared me.
"It sounds weird I know, but the severity of my condition didn't hit me until it was over."
Smokey has become even more committed to staying fit as a result of his ordeal because he doesn't want to find himself in a similar position again.
He said: "Before I got the virus I would work out two or three times a week. I have been doing yoga, stretching and positions for 40 years.
"Now I work out almost every day, because I don't want to get the virus again even though I've had both of my shots.
"I lift weights and work out. I don't run as I had surgery on both knees, but I do walk. I stay active as I don't want to be decrepit."
And the Miracles frontman has been working on his voice too, building up to longer and longer performances.
He said: "I had to work on my voice as well as my physical self and get myself together.
"The first gig I did was a private event for a hospital in Texas, but we only did forty minutes. Usually I do two or two and half hours.
"I got through that, which was psychologically a help. Then I did another at 60 minutes. It went well, felt good and I'm not afraid anymore. I have done three full blown concerts and am back 95 per cent."
This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.