Melissa Etheridge Diagnosed With Cancer, Postpones Tour, Continues Series Development

Oct 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

A publicist for musician Melissa Etheridge announced Friday the rock star is postponing her upcoming tour because she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ms. Etheridge will use the time to undergo treatment. Her publicist, Marcel Pariseau, said her doctors expect a “full and speedy” recovery.

“I am fortunate to be under a wonderful doctor’s care and thankful that this was caught early,” Ms. Etheridge said in a statement on her Web site.

Just days ago ABC announced it was developing a sitcom with 20th Century Fox Television and Brad Grey Television for Ms. Etheridge. The show is set to star Ms. Etheridge as a lesbian music teacher who lives with her best male friend and his daughter. ABC and the production companies released a statement Friday saying the development of the project will continue.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Melissa and her family,” the statement said. “While we continue development of her ABC project, our primary concern is her fast and full recovery.”

Linda Wallem is writing the script and will serve as executive producer along with Ms. Etheridge and Brad Grey.