Keith Lee was away from WWE for several months due to complications from COVID-19.

WWE Superstar Keith Lee revealed in a video uploaded on YouTube today that his five month long absence was due to serious complications from COVID-19. Lee said he contracted COVID-19 in January 2021 and was away from WWE television for three weeks.

Lee returned for one match in February against Riddle and the next day he got a phone call telling him that there was something ‘off in his blood.’ “Some people may have experienced this thing where there’s like an inflammation in the heart or lungs. For me, it was the heart that led to very scary times,” Lee explained. “I was basically forbidden from training or any activity outside of a light walk. There was a fear that doing more than that — that there was a chance that I could just up and pass away.”

For the next three or four months, Lee had to undergo several MRIs on his heart. “This became a fight against death so to speak,” Lee said. He also said that WWE sent him to Pittsburgh for medical attention and was going to have genetic testing as it was thought he had heart disease.

But with time, the inflammation around his heart decreased and he was cleared to try and get back into shape. “It took some time. And to be honest, it wasn’t even certain that I was going to show up in Dallas, in terms of on TV.”

Keith Lee returned to WWE on the July 19th episode of Monday Night RAW at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. He lost a non-title match to Bobby Lashley at his return an has since wrestled Karrion Kross twice.

Check out Keith Lee’s video message to the WWE Universe: