Megadeth frontman and former Metallica member Dave Mustaine said in a Facebook post overnight that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
“It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before,” he wrote in the post. “I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate.”
Mustaine says his treatment has already begun however the band have cancelled most of their 2019 tour dates. He added that he and the band are currently in the studio, “working on the follow up to Dystopia.”
The metal community has rallied around the musician since his post, offering messages of support and strength. See many of those as well as Mustaine’s statement below.
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I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine
Sending out love and prayers to my bro @davemustaine as he gets ready to battle throat cancer. Dave is a fighter and he’s at his best when he’s pissed off…so look out cancer! The metal community is with you… https://t.co/T0SQ5hWZ3B
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) June 17, 2019
I have 100% faith you will conquer this as you do everything else. Get better soon my friend. iiii]; )’
— Slash (@Slash) June 18, 2019
Please keep the legend Dave Mustaine in your thoughts and prayers as he kicks this throat cancer’s ass!
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) June 17, 2019
To our brother Dave, We are with you. Stay strong and all the best for your speedy recovery. Much love from all of us at Anthrax https://t.co/80H17DJagn
— Anthrax (@Anthrax) June 17, 2019
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) June 17, 2019
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) June 17, 2019
— BODY COUNT (@BodyCountBand) June 18, 2019