Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Has Cancer

Published: 2006-11-02
In a message on his website, former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has announced that he has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer.

Lesh revealed that he will undergo surgery in early December to have the cancer removed.

"Since we've caught it very early, and it's small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery," he stated.

The 66-year-old, who plays with his band Phil Lesh and Friends, was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. He was the band's bassist for 30 years before they disbanded in 1995 due to the death of frontman and guitarist Jerry Garcia.

In the statement, Lesh said all his scheduled appearances will remain intact. He also sent a message to men everywhere:

"Speak to your doctor about having periodic regular PSA screening for early detection of prostate cancerˇyou may save your own life."

Writer: Meghan Wubs



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