Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has revealed that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
In a letter to fans which was posted on Everclear’s website, he revealed that he was first diagnosed shortly after he was involved in a car accident three years ago. Originally he believed that he had a pinched nerve in his neck as a result of the crash but after undergoing a number of tests in hospital before a neurologist “told me that I have a form of Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), and that I have had it for anywhere between 10 to 20 years”.
“The words Multiple Sclerosis conjure up all sorts of images: helplessness, wheel chairs, pain, misery, and worst of all, hopelessness – and pity in the eyes of my family and friends (you get the picture),”
“I remember later that night my wife Vanessa holding my face in her hands, and telling me ‘we got this’, with not a shred of pity or fear in her eyes. I knew then that I wasn’t going to go through this alone. My wife is a lot of things – all good, but one thing she isn’t is fake, something we have in common. We don’t do fake in our family. My wife is a bad ass, and she reminded me in that moment, that so am I.”
Alexakis co-founded the long-running Portland band back in 1991, and has been the band’s sole constant member. He’s also planning to release and tour his debut solo album ‘Sun Songs’, which is due out in the summer.
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