Various sources are reporting that Matt Freeman of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Truly sad news as Matt’s one of the greatest bassists of our time. Period. Hopefully, it was caught early enough that he can be treated and overcome this.
The Transplants (featuring Tim Armstrong of Rancid) were scheduled to play the Warped Tour kick-off show as the special guest headliners, but cancelled when they heard the news.
Update: Tuesday, June 28 2005
From the Epitaph site…
Matt Freeman recently underwent a successful surgery and his doctors have determined that his condition is not terminal. Matt is now home and recovering well. Matt and Rancid would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, love and prayers.