Green Day guitarist Jason White has been diagnosed with a type of tonsil cancer. The sad news came directly from the American pop punk band, via an official statement on Facebook, explaining that doctors discovered the cancer during a routine tonsillectomy.
According to the statement, the cancer, thankfully, was caught early and is treatable. The band wrote that White “should make a full and speedy recovery.” It’s been a tough year for Green Day, with bassist Mike Dirnt revealing in May that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
White is a member of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s 90s side project Pinhead Gunpowder. He joined Green Day in 1999 as a touring guitarist and officially became the band’s fourth member in 2012. Here’s to wishing White all the best in going forward with his treatment.
You can read Green Day’s official statement below.
Photos: Green Day – Soundwave 2014, Sydney
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