TORONTO — Members of the Hamilton, Ont. punk-rock band Teenage Head say the support they’ve received from fans around the world is helping drummer Gene Champagne in his battle against COVID-19.
The band shared an update on its Facebook page on Sunday, saying it was “sending love and prayers” after the 52-year-old was admitted to the intensive care unit at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington.
Champagne, who was otherwise healthy, suddenly fell ill two weeks ago with pneumonia, but Teenage Head lead singer Dave “Rave” Desroches told CTV National News his symptoms kept getting worse.
“Gene is now with COVID and on a ventilator. That was a lot to swallow because you didn’t expect that,” Desroches said
Desroches said Champagne “should be OK,” but added that “nobody knows” for certain when it comes to the coronavirus.