Rolling Stone’s Bill Wyman diagnosed with cancer

Bill Wyman playing Abbeyfest with his Rhythm Kings in 2013
Bill Wyman playing Abbeyfest with his Rhythm Kings in 2013
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Bill Wyman, the former bassist of the Rolling Stones, is currently battling cancer.

The 79-year-old, who lives in Gedding Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

An official statement, released in response to fans’ concerns over news of the musician’s ill health, said: “Bill has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages.”

Wyman joined the Stones in 1962, replacing bassist Dick Taylor.

He left the band in 1993 and last played with them in 2012 as part of their 50th anniversary shows at the O2 Arena.

He has continued to record music and tour with the band he formed in 1997, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.