Dead bassist Lesh has prostate cancer

Oct. 30, 2006 at 7:29 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The founding bassist of San Francisco's legendary Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh, has revealed on his Web site that he has prostate cancer.

Lesh, 66, writes he will have his prostate surgically removed in December.

"Since we caught it very early and it's small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery," he said.

The California native, who has been touring with various musicians under the banner Phil Lesh and Friends, said he was "feeling energetic as always" and no scheduled tour dates would not be impacted.

Lesh had a liver transplant in 1998 as a result of complications from hepatitis C and has been an outspoken advocate of organ donation programs.

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