But Phil Lesh is on the road to recovery

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.