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Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor Reveals Cancer Diagnosis At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

When Duran Duran was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, guitarist Andy Taylor was notably absent. His bandmates learn a letter onstage, nevertheless, through which Taylor revealed to the Los Angeles crowd that he has stage 4 prostate most cancers.

“Just over 4-years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote within the letter, which has since been printed on Duran Duran’s web site. “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different.”

The 61-year-old added that Duran Duran has “the greatest fans a group could have” and referred to as the induction an “exceptional accolade.” While Taylor defined that his analysis wasn’t “immediately” life threatening, he reminded everybody that “there is no cure.”

“Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback,” he wrote, “and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.”

Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon (on the podium) reads Taylor’s letter on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Lead singer Simon Le Bon learn the heartbreaking letter after opening the ceremony with a medley of Duran Duran hits together with “Girls on Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Ordinary World” with bandmates Nick Rhodes and Roger and John Taylor, in line with Rolling Stone.

“Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!” Taylor wrote. “I’m so very proud of these four brothers. I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award.”

“I often doubted the day would come,” Taylor added. “I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.”

The induction ceremony might be obtainable to stream on HBO Max on Nov. 19.

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