ASLAN frontman Christy Dignam has been diagnosed with cancer, after falling ill with a chest infection.
The 52-year-old lead singer was admitted to hospital last week, after he attended his doctor with a chest infection which progressed into pneumonia, and has begun treatment for cancer.
It is believed he is currently undergoing tests to determine what parts of his body the cancer is affecting, and is in the Mater hospital. It is understood the initial diagnosis is of Myeloma, a cancer that affects the plasma cells.
His wife Katherine and 26-year-old daughter Kiera released a statement on the band’s Facebook page last night, telling fans of the news and that any upcoming concerts have been cancelled. The post has been ‘liked’ by over 40,000 people by this morning, with thousands of fans posting messages of support for the lead singer.
The group, who have been together over 30 years, were scheduled to play at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day, but the concert has been cancelled along with a gig the previous night in Cork.
Music promoter MCD said that all tickets for Sunday's concert at the Olympia could be refunded.
Close friend solicitor Gerald Kean told the Irish Independent that he would be with the singer "every step of the way".
"I'll be there for him as he would for me. His family have been in contact with me, so I will be going in to see him this week," he said.
Billy McGuinness, the band's keyboard player has said that the singer, who lost his mother last year to cancer, "is holding up well".
"He is a fighter and has come through lots of things in his life and he will get through this too," he told The Star newspaper.