Travis Barker was hospitalized with severe pancreatitis in late June after undergoing a colonoscopy that appeared to have triggered the illness, according to TMZ. Barker took to Twitter to explain what happened after media outlets including Page Six obtained photos of him being taken to hospital on a stretcher, causing fans online to quickly become concerned.
barker tweeted“The endoscopy removed a very small polyp directly from a very sensitive area, which would normally be treated by specialists and unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube.” This eventually led to him developing severe “life-threatening” pancreatitis.
Luckily, Barker recovered and was back in the studio about a week after the scary diagnosis, according to TMZ. His wife, Kourtney Kardashian, took to her Instagram story (via Page Six) shortly after to post a telling message about Barker’s health. “Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change. I am so grateful to God for healing my husband,” she wrote. And while the drummer has fully recovered from severe pancreatitis, another unexpected health issue is now affecting him.
Travis Barker has tested positive for COVID-19
It seems Travis Barker can’t take a break. Less than two months after suffering a life-threatening case of pancreatitis, the drummer announced on Instagram on Aug. 18 that he had contracted COVID-19. He posted a photo of himself drumming with the caption: “Covid sucks. His positive diagnosis has raised additional concerns among fans, who sent him their congratulations on social media. One fan commented: “Hope you’re feeling better soon! You, Kourt and the children are in my prayers. Sending you all my love,” while another wrote: “Dude!!!! You can’t take a break. So sorry.”
Barker’s diagnosis comes just a week after Machine Gun Kelly confirmed the drummer would be joining him on tour – although health experts advise against it following his recent fear of hospitalization, according to Us Weekly. It’s unclear if Kourtney Kardashian also contracted the virus as the couple have been more inseparable than ever lately. She even joined Barker backstage while he was on tour with Machine Gun Kelly. Less than a week ago, she posted a series of photos with her husband backstage on Instagram and captioned the post “tour woman.”
Barker and Kardashian are known for their over-the-top PDAs, so it would be pretty impressive to see the Poosh founder dodge the virus.