Andy Taylor, the guitarist of British band Duran Duran New Romantic at the height of his fame, is fighting stage four prostate cancer.
The band made the announcement Saturday as they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor, who was unable to join former teammates John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes due to ongoing treatment at the Class of 2022 celebrations, penned a letter to mark the occasion.
In the statement, which leader Le Bon read excerpts from, Taylor revealed that she received her diagnosis four years ago and spoke of her joy at being inducted into the hall of fame.
“There is nothing that comes close to such recognition. You can only dream of what happened to us, but experiencing it, on our own terms, as friends, was nothing short of incredible,” Taylor wrote in a message relayed by Le Bon.
Touching on his own health issues, Taylor, 61, added: “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course we are no different; so I speak from the point of view of a family man but with deep humility towards the team, the biggest supporters a team can have and this extraordinary praise.’
Taylor joined Duran Duran in April 1980 and left in 1986 to pursue a solo career. He then joined in 2001 for the successful concert and 2004 album Astronaut, before leaving again in 2006.
Taylor said he was “very disappointed” to miss the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show, which would be his first time playing with the band in 16 years, and that he “bought a new guitar” for it.
“I’m so proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their perseverance, and I’m thrilled to accept this award,” Taylor said. “I often doubted that the day would come. I’m sure I’m happy to see the day.”
In the letter, which was later shared in full on the band’s website, Taylor said his condition was incurable but that he was receiving “sophisticated life-prolonging treatment” which allowed him to “brag” until his last minute “setback”. “.
“Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure,” he said.
According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Responding to Taylor’s health update on Saturday, Le Bon said: “It’s terrible news to know and know that a colleague… Not a colleague, a friend, a friend, a member of our family is not going to be around for a long time. It’s absolutely devastating. Andy deeply we love him and you know, I’m not going to stand here crying. I don’t think it would be very appropriate, but that’s how I feel.”
Duran Duran formed in 1978 and topped the US singles charts in the 1980s with the hits “The Reflex” and “A View to a Kill”.