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Little Joe recovering from coronavirus with ‘setbacks and improvements’

The 79-year-old legendary singer is recovering after testing positive for COVID-19.

Music legend Little Joe Hernandez announced he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and the five-time GRAMMY winner had “setbacks and improvements” during recovery, according to a statement.


Thomas Cruz, bandleader and spokesperson for Little Joe Y La Familia, shared the latest update on Little Joe’s health via social media on Tuesday (July 21). “It has not been an easy straight forward recovery,” said Cruz. “This virus does not have a simple pattern that everyone follows through recovery, it is different for each individual. This being said, Joe has had setbacks and improvements throughout this ordeal but is doing better as of today.”

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Due to other staff members contracting COVID-19, the main office for Little Joe Y La Familia in Temple, Texas has shut down and asks for patience with any responses. Little Joe’s wife, his daughter, and his niece are also currently recovering from COVID-19, according to the statement.

“Any official information on Joe will ONLY be on our official Facebook page through Joe or myself,” added Cruz. “We had not posted anything on his status choosing to focus on getting him the rest and care he needs. Sadly, there has been a number of individual postings that have posted false hurtful information on him.”

Cruz was referring to false social media posts on the health of the 79-year-old singer during his recovery.

“We thank you as always for your support, it means a lot to know we have incredible people pulling for Joe,” said Cruz. “So please continue your prayers for him and I hope to have even better news in the near future as we all go forward in helping him to recover. Thanks from everyone at La Familia.”

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Little Joe, known as the “King of The Brown Sound,” released his eighth live concert album Better Than Ever on May 29 and a book about his life and over half a century legendary music career titled No Llore Chingon! An American Story: The life of Little Joe on May 13.

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