Reports are coming in that Bad Brains guitarist Gary Miller, aka Dr. Know, has been hospitalized and is on life support. No official word yet has come from the band or Miller’s family, though friends of the musician have been posting their support on social media.
Update – November 3rd, 2:15 p.m. CT: According to the band’s Facebook page, “The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way.”
Update – November 4th, 4:30 p.m. CT: Cro-Mags singer John Joseph visited Miller in the hospital today. He said of Miller’s condition, “He’s improving and he feels all the love, prayers and PMA you’ve been sending worldwide and so does his family who are all very grateful.”
Update – November 10th, 2:30 p.m. CT: According to Bad Brains’ Facebook page, Miller’s condition “is no longer considered critical,” but he “remains under the close care and watch of doctors at this time.”
The news first surfaced on Monday when Dean Ween (aka Michael “Mickey” Melchiondo Jr.) posted on the Dean Ween Group Facebook page that he’d “just got word” of Miller’s dire situation.
Other artists, including Living Color vocalist Corey Glover, The Mountain Goats, Agnostic Front, Lagwagon, and photographer Brooke Smith, have all since sent out positive positive vibes to the Bad Brains icon.
At 57, Miller is one of only two band members who have been with the Bad Brains throughout the entirety of their career. This includes playing with the DC-based hardcore pioneers during recent gigs with Foo Fighters, last year’s AfroPunk Festival, and a Woodstock Session over the summer. He also performed on 2012’s Into the Future, which was at the time the band’s first album in five years.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Miller, his family, and his bandmates while we await official word on his condition.