Founding Member of Venerable Rock Band Has Cancer — Many Consider His Band to Be the Greatest American Rock Group of All Time

Oct 19, 2015  •  Post A Comment

One of the original members of a veteran rock band considered by many to be the greatest of all U.S. rock groups revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Reuters reports that Phil Lesh, who co-founded the Grateful Dead in 1965, was diagnosed with non-aggressive bladder cancer. Lesh has canceled two concerts that were scheduled for later this month with his current band, Phil Lesh & Friends.

Lesh, who played bass in the Grateful Dead, said he was diagnosed this month and has been treated at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., Reuters reports.

Lesh released a statement in which he said: “I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non-aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread. So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.”

The Grateful Dead, featuring Lesh along with three other surviving members, gave what the group said would be its last performance back in July at Soldier Field in Chicago. The original leader of the group, Jerry Garcia, died in 1995.

phil lesh & friends-album cover

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