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Christopher Cross revealed he has coronavirus (Picture: CBS)

Five-time Grammy Award-winner Christopher Cross has revealed his battle with coronavirus left him temporarily paralysed.

The US singer-songwriter – best known for his song Sailing – said his fight with the virus saw him deal with the ‘darkest’ days he’s ever experienced as he almost died.

‘It was the worst 10 days of my life. And I couldn’t walk, could barely move,’ he told CBS Sunday Morning.

Christopher, 69, said he and his girlfriend started to get symptoms after a trip to Mexico City and proceeded to test positive.

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The Arthur’s Theme singer began feeling better after three weeks and was well enough to go to the supermarket.

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However, his legs stopped working when he returned home.

Christopher Cross
Christopher’s legs gave out under him temporarily (Picture: Getty)

Christopher was then diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, which was believed to be brought on by the virus.

He said it nearly killed him and he was terrified he would never walk again.

He continued: ‘It was certainly the darkest of times for me, you know? It really was touch-and-go, and tough.’

‘So yeah, my walking is affected. My speech at times can be affected. Memory is a big deal, too. Just neurologically, I’m kind of a little foggy, you know?’

The father-of-three – who has been sharing his progress on his Instagram – said that most people with the disorder heal ‘about 90% to 100% in around a year.

He went on to discuss the importance of staying safe and wearing a mask, saying he wanted to show how ‘big of a deal’ the coronavirus is.

‘I felt it was sort of my obligation to share with people: “Look, this is a big deal. Like, you’ve got to wear your mask. You’ve got to take care of each other. Because, you know, this could happen to you.”‘

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