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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer
On June 17, Megadeth co-founder and frontman Dave Mustaine announced he's been diagnosed with throat cancer.
"It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before," Mustaine wrote in a statement on the band's website. "I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun."
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 17, 2019
The metal and hard rock community launched into an outpour of support for Mustaine, with a slew of artists including Slash, Anthrax, Body Count and Judas Priest took to twitter to offer their well wishes for a speedy recovery.
"I have 100% faith you will conquer this as you do everything else. Get better soon my friend," Slash wrote.
— BODY COUNT (@BodyCountBand) June 18, 2019
In a message posted on their website, Mustaine wrote that all Megadeth shows this year have cancelled so he can focus on recovery, although the 2019 Megacruise, slated for October, is still happening and the band will take part in some form. Mustaine also promised Megadeth will be back on the road as soon as possible and wrote, "Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear."
Dystopia earned Megadeth their first GRAMMY win for Best Metal Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards after 12 career nominations.
"Dave’s a warrior, he's a fighter, and he’s got pretty good sensibilities about when to hit the gas and when to hit the brake," said Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson, calling in to the Classic Metal Show. "So it's what it needs to be right at this exact time,"