Bill Wyman Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Musician Expected To Recover
Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with cancer, according to Wyman’s official Twitter account.Advertisement
“He is undergoing treatment,” the tweet added, “and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught at an early stages [sic].”
Cara Hutchinson, Wyman’s representative, informs USA Today about the ex-Rolling Stones member’s health issue, adding that the Wyman family requested for privacy. According to The Guardian, Wyman showed no signs of illness when he attended the wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who was the ex-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
Wyman joined the Rolling Stones in 1962, becoming the oldest member of the group. He was dubbed “the boring one,” though he went on to craft the backings for the likes of “Gimme Shelter” and “Paint It Black” alongside drummer Charlie Watts.
Incidentally, Watts also underwent surgery for cancer in 2004.
Eventually, he left the Stones in 1993, and went on to form the band Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings in 1997. He also had several other projects, including the 1997 book “Stand Alone,” the 2002 book “Rolling With the Stones” and the solo LP “Back to Basics,” which was released in June 2015, according to Rolling Stone. Both books were about his time with the Stones.
In 2012, he reunited with the Stones for a concert at the O2 Arena to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The band will hold a concert in Cuba on March 25, the first time in 57 years a British rock group has performed on the island since the revolution.
In the Stone’s heyday, they pumped out hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women” and “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll.” They’ve also been the inspiration for countless artists today, both from within and outside the rock genre.
Fans continue to pour out support for Wyman on Twitter as of press time.