Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor reveals Stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis

Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor has been diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer.

The iconic British band shared the news with fans during their speech while being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in LA over the weekend, as per people magazine.

Andy was unable to attend the ceremony, so frontman Simon Le Bon read a letter the 61-year-old had written, in which he revealed that four years ago he was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.

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Andy Taylor of Duran Duran performs in concert after the Medal Ceremony at the Medals Plaza on Day 5 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, February 15, 2006 in Turin, Italy.
Andy Taylor of Duran Duran performs at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy. (Getty)

“Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course, we are no different; so I speak from the perspective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have and this exceptional accolade, “Andy wrote in part, as read aloud by the frontman.

“I’m truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn’t make it. Let there be no doubt I was stoked about the whole thing, even bought a new guitar with the essential whammy!” he added, before thanking his current bandmates: Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor.

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From Left to right: Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran attend the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in LA on November 5.
From Left to right: Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran attend the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in LA on November 5. (Getty)

“I’m so very proud of these four brothers; I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award. I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.”

After the ceremony, Andy’s letter was uploaded in full on Duran Duran’s official websitein which he shared a grim update on his condition.

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“Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening, there is no cure,” he wrote. “Recently I was doing okay after some very sophisticated life-extending treatment, that was until a week or so ago when I suffered a setback, and despite the exceptional efforts of my team, I had to be honest in that both physically and mentally, I would be pushing my boundaries.”

Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes of music group Duran Duran make an appearance at Virgin Records to sign copies of their new CD "astronaut" October 12, 2004 in New York City.
Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes of music group Duran Duran make an appearance at Virgin Records to sign copies of their new CD “Astronaut” October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Getty)

Duran Duran was formed in 1978 by singer and bassist Stephen Duffy, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor. Drummer Roger Taylor joined a year later and Andy signed on in 1980, followed by singer Le Bon.

“None of this needs to or should detract from what this band (with or without me) has achieved and sustained for 44 years,” he added in his letter. “We’ve had a privileged life, we were a bit naughty but really nice, a bit shirty but very well-dressed, a bit full of ourselves because we had a lot to give.”

“But, as I’ve said many times, when you feel that collective, instinctive, kindred spirit of creativity mixed with ambition, armed with an über cool bunch of fans, well what could possibly go wrong?”

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