Grateful Dead Bassist diagnosed with cancer
Phil Lesh, a founding member of The Grateful Dead has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In a posting on his website Phillesh.net, the bassist wrote that he expects his recovery to be swift following surgery in December.
He says, "I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery. I am feeling energetic as always and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned.
The musician also asks that others look after their health with livesaving medical check-ups,"I am also urging all men - speak to your doctor about having periodic regular PSA screening for early detention of prostate cancer - you may save your own life."
The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, splitting up in 1995 following the death of leader Jerry Garcia. The group reformed briefly in 2003 for a reunion tour.