By Terrance Turner
Sept. 24, 2021 (Updated Sept. 27)
Singer Kelly Price says she was never missing.
Price, 48, was reported as a missing person after a welfare check was conducted at her Georgia home on Sat. Sept. 18. TMZ reports that Cobb County authorities found no evidence of foul play and spoke with Price’s boyfriend at the residence. But Price was listed as missing in the National Crime Information Center, according to Essence. Price’s family has accused her boyfriend of preventing them from visiting her home, per Yahoo! News.
The family told authorities they have not seen Price since her release from the hospital last month. But Price says that isn’t the case. “I was never missing,” she told TMZ in an interview. “Everyone in my family knew exactly where I was. It’s very disappointing that things came to this.”
Price said she flatlined after a battle with COVID-19. “At some point they lost me. I woke up a couple of days and the first thing I remember was the doctors standing around me asking me if I knew what year it was,” Kelly Price recalled. When the interviewer asked Price to explain what she meant by “they lost me,” she clarified: “I died.”
Price was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July. She recorded an Instagram video on July 29 informing her followers of the diagnosis. “I am COVID-positive,” she said. “I am quarantined right now. I’m very achy; I have no appetite. I’m very weak. I can barely stay awake.”
According to Kelly’s family, she was admitted to the hospital about a week later and ended up in the ICU because her condition deteriorated.
Her family told TMZ they contacted Kelly while she was in the hospital in early August, and her children visited her several times. But three weeks after she was hospitalized, her children were said to have received a call that she had been discharged. They were concerned because they felt she was not yet completely healthy.
Price first garnered attention as a guest/backup vocalist, singing on songs such as Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “‘Mo Money, ‘Mo Problems”. In 1998, she was featured alongside Faith Evans on Whitney Houston’s “Heartbreak Hotel”, which later hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart. That same year, Price’s album Soul of a Woman was released. Her single “Friend of Mine”, featuring Ronald Isley, also made it to number one on the R&B chart. Soul of a Woman went platinum, as did Price’s follow-up album Mirror Mirror in 2000.
UPDATE: An attorney for Kelly Price tells E! News the singer is safe and accounted for after being reported missing. Monica Ewing says in a statement, “Kelly had a very dangerous and difficult bout of COVID. She went to get some rest after she was discharged from the hospital. She wants to let everyone know she is not in danger. She is safe and focused on her recovery.” Ewing told TMZ that the singer is recovering “at an undisclosed location”.
FOX 5 Atlanta reporter Eric Perry confirms that he did talk to Ms. Price’s lawyer, who confirmed that the singer is safe and in an undisclosed location. Perry added that Ewing told him “she’s just really confused as to how this story got to where it is.”