In March, musician and recording artist Christopher Cross announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. After a few weeks, he was able to defeat the initial infection. But as a consequence, the virus caused additional health problems for the Grammy-winning singer.
Cross says the virus triggered a bout of Guilliain-Barre Syndrome, which left his face partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
His recovery has been slow and steady but in a message posted today on his Facebook page to fans, he says he’s doing much better and is again able to play the guitar.
The full message is below.
Meanwhile, Cross, who was born in San Antonio, Texas but now lives in Austin, has found himself the subject of an online petition.
Recently, a statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from a downtown San Antonio park. As a result, an eager Austin resident and Cross fan is pushing to replace the statue with one of hometown musical “treasure.”
The petitioner explains, “They’ve been trying to change these statues for years.” He added, “Christopher Cross is a San Antonio treasure. You can even keep half the name on the plaque.”
Upon hearing about the petition, Cross posted on his Facebook page it gave a “chuckle.” Adding, “The quarantine is inspiring some creative mischief among a few fans.”
During the 1980s, Christopher Cross charted 10 songs, including five top 10 hits and three that went to #1 on the Billboard Chart.
40 years ago this month, his hit “Sailing” reached the top spot.