A popular Instagram star, the former basketball player Raymond Larkin, was hospitalized for two weeks after he contracted the coronavirus.
The viral illness has left him paralyzed from the waist down and has left the star’s fans feeling a mix of sympathy and disappointment.
Larkin has been a frequent guest on the popular hip hop show “The Breakfast Club,” where he is seen with his girlfriend of five years, Namiko Browner.
The show has become a platform for Larkin to share his love for his hometown of Miami, and he has been on the show a total of four times, all in Spanish.
“Raymond loves Miami, loves his city and loves his friends,” Browner told the Daily Beast in a statement.
“We love him for his amazing talent and we know that he is truly loved by all.”
Browner, whose real name is Niko Kuk, posted a video in September of Larkin sitting on the couch at his apartment, where he has recently been living, with Namiko and his dog, the cat.
“When he is home we will get ready and he will be home to us,” Brownie said.
“He loves us and his fans.”
Brownie, who also stars on the reality show “My Favorite Family,” shared more than a dozen videos in the video.
She shared the clip with a friend.
“I was watching Raymond and Namiko on the Breakfast Club last night, and I couldn’t help but think of the love Raymond has for his fans,” Brown Browner said.
She wrote on Instagram: “Ray is always so positive, he’s always smiling, and we can’t wait to see him again.
This love is so true, and it’s something that we can all share with our friends.”
Larkin’s fans have been posting photos of him, hoping to get a glimpse of him during his recovery.
“It’s so nice to see Ray, and his love, Namika, is truly amazing,” one Instagram user wrote.
“All we want to do is make Ray happy.
I hope this video inspires him to be happy.”
Brown Brownie has been posting videos of her relationship with Larkin since February, but her account has been suspended in response to the viral illness.
“For the love of Ray, I need to make sure that Namiko is safe,” she said.