Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus says he has cancer, saying the diagnosis “sucks and I’m scared”.
The 49-year-old bass player and singer shared the news on social media, saying: “For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer.
“It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.
“I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive.
“Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all.”
Hoppus posted a picture on his Instagram Story of him sitting in a hospital room alongside the caption: “Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please.”
He did not say what type of cancer he had been diagnosed with.
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Pop punk band Blink-182 was formed by Hoppus and guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, with original drummer Scott Raynor, in 1992. Raynor was later replaced by Travis Barker in 1998 and the band went on to achieve huge mainstream success with their third album, Enema Of The State, and its first single, What’s My Age Again?
Hits such as All The Small Things and I Miss You made them one of the biggest bands of the 2000s, and they have sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
After Hoppus shared his diagnosis, bandmate Travis Barker posted a throwback picture of the pair together on Instagram and wrote “love you @markhoppus”.
DeLonge, who left the band in 2015 and was replaced by Matt Skiba, said on Twitter on Wednesday: “I too, have been aware of Mark’s cancer diagnosis for a while now.
“And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart. #WeHaveHisBack.”