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Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh diagnosed with cancer

on October 17, 2015, 1:27pm

Grateful Dead founding member Phil Lesh has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Lesh, 75, announced the news on Facebook. Fortunately, the prognosis is good, as “the tumors are all non-aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread,” Lesh explained.

Due to his ongoing treatment, Lesh has canceled a pair of upcoming shows at the Terrapin Crossroads, the restaurant and venue he owns in San Rafael, California. Rescheduled dates will be announced shortly.

Lesh was previously diagnosed and beat prostate cancer in 2006.

Read Lesh’s full message below.

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. 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. Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin.

Love Will See You Through….
-Phil

PS Ticket refund info will be posted soon

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