According to guitarist band Duran Duran Andy Taylor, he has been battling stage 4 prostate cancer for more than four years. The information was disclosed last week during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the British band.
Taylor was unable to join the reunion of the other Duran Duran members because of his illness. His bandmate and frontman Simon Le Bon read out a letter he penned to celebrate the occasion.
Andy Taylor Suffering from Stage 4 Prostate Cancer
Taylor was fighting stage 4 prostate cancer for four years when Le Bon read the letter on his behalf. The letter stated that I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer just over four years ago.
I speak from the perspective of a family man, but with tremendous humility to the band, the finest fans a group could have, and this rare honor, Le Bon. Many families have endured the slow burn of this cancer, and of course, we are no different.
Although Taylor said there is no cure for his illness, it is not immediately life-threatening. He is having treatment to lengthen his life.
I had to be honest and admit that I was going to challenge myself, both physically and psychologically, despite the outstanding efforts of my staff. None of this, he continued, should take away from the 44 years of success and accomplishments of this band (with or without me).
Taylor said he was disappointed for Missing the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Show
We’ve had a privileged life, we were a little flirtatious but very well dressed, and a little full of ourselves because we had so much to give, but as I’ve said many times when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with a group of ber cool fans, what could possibly go wrong?
He went on to express his disappointment at being unable to attend the event, stating that he had even bought a new guitar specifically for the occasion.
I am thrilled to collect this honor on behalf of these four brothers, of whom I am quite proud. I am also in awe of their tenacity. I have frequently questioned whether this day will come. Le Bon read from the letter, “I am really glad to be here to see the day.
The Guitarist Joined Duran Duran in 1980
April 1980 saw Andy Taylor join the group; he left in 1986 to launch a solo career. He made a comeback in 2001 and performed a string of well-received concerts before quitting once more in 2006.
Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, John Taylor, and Simon Le Bon make up the current lineup of Duran Duran, which was founded in 1978 and is well-known for dominating the US charts in the 1980s with songs like A View to a Kill.
Le Bon added, “It is heartbreaking news to discover and find out that a colleague has such a serious health problem. Not one of our family members, friends, or coworkers will be here for very long.
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