Al B. Sure! attends the Equal Justice Now Awards
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What Really Happened to Al B. Sure? The R&B Singer's Mysterious Illness Explored

Al B. Sure found himself suffering from a life-threatening health condition that landed him in the hospital. Here's what we know about his illness.


Apr. 5 2024, Published 10:15 a.m. ET

R&B singer Al B. Sure has battled a litany of health complications, which were detailed publicly.

The singer, whose real name is Albert Joseph Brown III, rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with hits like "Nite and Day" and "Off on Your Own (Girl)." His soulful voice and suave demeanor quickly earned him a place in the hearts of music lovers around the world. Al eventually earned a Grammy nomination, establishing his place as an R&B icon.

Following the success of his debut, Al continued to captivate audiences with his vocals and romantic ballads. 1988's "Rescue Me" further solidified his status as a bonafide star, earning him swarms of devoted fans worldwide.

However, concerns about Al’s health emerged when he missed several scheduled appearances and events without explanation. Fans grew worried as rumors began circulating about the singer's sudden absence from the public eye.

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OXON HILL, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 05: Al B. Sure! performs onstage during 2019 Urban One Honors at MGM National Harbor on December 05, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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What health condition does Al B. Sure have?

In October 2022, Al B. Sure’s son took to Instagram to reveal that the famed R&B singer had been released from the hospital after being in a coma for two months. “Pops been hospitalized for two months, and he just made it out,” Al B. Sure Jr. wrote. “So I’m much better and ready to get back on my s--t! It’s time to get the f--k up pop!”

A month later, Al shared a personal message with his fans, providing an update on his health.

Al shared a few details about his hospitalization, which included medical assistance for breathing and other bodily functions.

“I now value everyday functionality like walking, talking and breathing on your own with no assistance from a medical professional or machines,” he wrote (per USA Today).

He added: “I only remember sitting in the ER in a wheelchair and my brother, DJ Eddie F, standing next to me speaking with security.”

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While Al did not explicitly reveal his prognosis, he later provided fans with a detailed review of his time in the hospital. In January 20204, Al shared a photo of himself intubated as his health was failing. Al explained that he suffered from multiple organ failure before being placed in a medically induced coma.

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Al B. Sure is doing better now.

After being released from treatment, Al returned to the spotlight. His Audacy radio show, Love and R&B, is back on the air and Al shows no signs of slowing down. Al has yet to reveal what prompted his 2022 hospitalization, but he has since suggested that Diddy was involved with the incident. While speaking on stage during the Equal Justice Now Awards ceremony, Al fired a very obvious shot at Diddy.

al b sure quincy brown and sean diddy combs attend the holiday calendar special screening
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Al B. Sure!, Quincy Brown and Sean "Diddy" Combs attend "The Holiday Calendar" Special Screening

“We’re going to be producing the Al B. Sure! life story. So hold on to your britches, and you’ll really understand how I ended up in a coma,” Al said in a video obtained by TMZ, adding, “You’re really gonna need to call Homeland Security.”

The remark was an apparent dig at Diddy, whose homes in Los Angeles and Miami were raided by Homeland Security around the same time.

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