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Dave Mustaine thanks fans for support after throat cancer diagnosis

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Dave Mustaine has thanked fans, friends and family for the support after he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

The Megadeth frontman released a short video message in which he said:  "Hi. I wanted to take a moment real quick and thank my family, my friends and the best fans in the world for all of your support and love the last few days. We're gonna beat this thing together.”

Mustaine revealed in a Facebook post earlier in June that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, and that treatment was already underway. The band cancelled all dates with the exception of the 2019 Megacruise.

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson praised his bandmate as “a warrior, he’s a fighter.”

The bassist added: “Dave and I have been through our share of the shitshow: Ups and downs, drug addictions, breakups and makeups and everything else in between. This is another one.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.