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Dez Cadena, former Black Flag and Misfits member, diagnosed with throat cancer

on August 18, 2015, 10:55am

Veteran punk Dez Cadena, whose resume includes stints in Black Flag, Misfits, and Red Kross, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Cadena has already undergone “debilitating radiation treatments,” which kept him from touring or recording as planned. Because of this lack of income, he’s launched a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical bills and expenses. The page also indicates that he expects to be able to return to the road “within a year.”

Cadena replaced Ron Reyes as singer for Black Flag in 1980, moving to rhythm guitar when Henry Rollins joined a short time later. He appeared on the band’s 1981 classic Damaged, and would join other former bandmates later in life as FLAG. Additionally, he was a member of Misfits from 2001 until earlier this year, when he announced his departure from the band. The 14-year tenure was the longest of any Misfits guitarist.

Below, watch Cadena take lead for “Pad1ded Cell” at a FLAG show in Boston from 2013.