Eyehategod Mike Williams has successful liver transplant

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Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams has undergone a successful liver transplant.

Mike’s wife, Michelle Maher-Williams, says a donor match was found on Wednesday, and the operation was carried out hours later.

She adds: “Everything went well. New liver is functioning and making bile. They’re taking him to ICU now and I can see him in about an hour.”

The news comes less than a month after the crowdfunding campaign she launched to help pay for her husband’s life-saving treatment smashed its $50,000 target. According to Maher-Williams, the singer was staying in hospital and was not allowed a transplant until a number of medical bills were settled.

Williams, 48, had been hospitalised with liver cirrhosis in Texas in 2014. Though his health improved in the following 12 months, he’d suffered setbacks in 2015 and 2016.

The singer stepped back from performing with Eyehategod this year, but the nature of his health problems was never disclosed until last month. Phil Anselmo and Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe have filled in for him at recent Eyehategod shows.

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