Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers Reveals He Had 13 Strokes in the Past Few Years

(MANDATORY CREDIT Watal Asanuma/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Singer Paul Rodgers of English super-group Bad Company performs on stage at Earl's Court in London, July 1977.
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The frontman of the band Bad Company, Paul Rodgers, has opened up about some serious health issues he has been facing in recent years. The 73-year-old has been with the band since the 1970s and has worked with other groups including Queen as well as pursued a solo career. The singer-songwriter admitted that he almost lost his voice, which would have effectively ended his long career.


PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 11: Paul Rodgers performs onstage at "Rock The Plaza" benefit to save the Plaza Theatre on November 11, 2022 in Palm Springs, California

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Rodgers revealed that he had 13 strokes, 11 were minor and two were major. The second major stroke almost killed him. He said, “I couldn’t do anything to be honest… I couldn’t speak. That was a very strange thing. You know, I’d prepare something in my mind and I’d say it, but that isn’t what came out. And I’d go, ‘What the heck did I just say?’”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Singer Paul Rodgers from the band Queen with his Classic Songwriter award during the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards at the Park Lane Hotel on November 2, 2009 in London, England

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After his major strokes, he had a procedure called an endarterectomy in 2019, which had some serious risks. The procedure removed plaque buildup from blocked or narrowed arteries and the surgeon had to make an incision in his neck, near his vocal cords.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 02: (L-R) Cynthia Kereluk and Paul Rodgers attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas

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Rodgers continued about the procedure, “They told me, they’re very clear, you may not come out of this alive. And I said, ‘Oh, well, that’s a plus, isn’t it?’ So, we’re like fingers crossed, you know. And when I woke up — I opened my eyes, I thought, ‘Oh! I’m still here.'”

Rodgers credits his recovery not only to his doctors but his wife, Cynthia. He said she was by his side through everything and always remained optimistic that he would make a full recovery. Luckily, he did and was able to release a new solo album recently called Midnight Rose. Be sure to check it out!

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