*Rihanna’s father Ronald Fenty was hospitalized with tropical disease dengue fever, just days after visiting his famous daughter, real name Robyn Fenty, at her home in Barbados.

Fenty, 57, is now recuperating from the illness, but thought at one point he wouldn’t survive.

“It was horrible. I thought I was going to die,” he told The Sun newspaper. “I was actually in a hospital ward that Robyn’s friend worked in as a doctor. She offered me her BlackBerry to call Robyn. I called her and she was worried – she said, ‘Daddy, what’s wrong with you?’

“Luckily I pulled through after a scary few days.”

Rihanna, 23, and her father were once estranged because of his previous addiction to crack, but the pair have now reconciled – and Rihanna’s half-sister Kandy explained her father is “very proud” of the singer.

“He’s a good guy. He’s made mistakes like everybody does but you learn from them,” said Kandy. “He loves all his children but he’s very proud of Rihanna.”