New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain reveals cancer battle

Sylvain Sylvain (Image credit: Andy Sheppard/Redferns - Getty)

Former New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain has revealed he’s been battling cancer for the last 12 months.

He says he has upcoming surgery, but the recovery time will be a year – and a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help the musician in the weeks and months to come

Sylvain says: “I know there has been some curiosity, speculation and, yes, rumour about why I haven't been rampaging songs on FB or, more importantly, out on tour promoting my book There’s No Bones in Ice Cream and playing in a town near you.

“First the bad news: For about a year now, I have been battling cancer.

“Then the good news: I have an upcoming surgery with a great doctor that may do the trick. There will, however, be a somewhat long recovery period – at least a year.

“I have not been able to work since last year and have more surgery scheduled. I love life! As hard as life has been to me these past two years, I want to live and I know with your love and support I’ll have the best chance that I could ever have.”

The campaign is looking to raise $80,000 and, at the time of writing, the total stands at just over $26,000.

New York Dolls fifth and final studio album Dancing Backward in High Heels was released in 2011.

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