Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams Offers Health Update, Needs More Financial Assistance
After undergoing a successful liver transplant in December, Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams is on the mend. Williams was initially rushed to the hospital on November 19th after he began vomiting blood, was placed on life support and dialysis, and was finally matched with an organ donor after nearly a month in the hospital.
Eyehategod fans, metal lifers and general well-wishers have teamed together in that time to donate over $75,000 to help Williams cover medical expenses, and an additional $20,000 was raised through a series of benefit shows organized by and featuring some well-known musicians and friends.
An extremely grateful Mike himself just posted an update on his condition on the YouCaring medical fundraiser page, and though he seems in high spirits and on the road to recovery, he reveals that financial help is still needed to cover past due hospital bills, cost of medication, continued doctor visits, lab work and more:
Hey folks! Finally! This an update that’s totally loooong overdue, people… I apologize for the tardiness but I just started an entirely NEW beginning of an existence previously destined to be cut short by the ravages of a hard life lived.
I’m back mother f***ers..!! I feel pretty amazing, although I have a very long way to go as far as being one thousand percent fully healed, but my doctors are completely stoked at my progress so far. This miracle of the modern medical process has literally bought me a second chance at living!
Now on to the real stars of the show: YOU! My family, friends & fans; you truly stole my heart and made me aware that LOVE really does exist in this current climate of hatred because of someone’s skin color, beliefs or personal identity, you people came to the rescue like nobody’s business & we love you! To be honest,…we still need you!
Of major ultra special note is the New Orleans #IXLivesIXLives Mike IX benefit gigs.
I was unable to attend any of the shows because of doctors’ orders, but word is that the entire weekend was the ultimate example of mass friendship, hope & care for one another in a time of need. Many many thanks to EVERYBODY involved, me & my beautiful rock star of a wife Michelle; thank you from the bottoms of our filthy hearts! We were & still are, over-freaking-whelmed at the outpouring of support from all the wonderful humans out in this world, you maniacs have completely outdone yourselves.
I mean obviously there is NO way to list you all individually so let’s just say “You know who you are” And as scatterbrained as I am, I have not forgotten to thank everyone at the Obsessed benefit in MD and the benefit in L.A.
Ok I’ll wrap this up by stating that the battle rages on at the front lines & we’re counting on everyone to keep spreading the word about this You Caring site due to the sad fact that we are forever in debt & in need of help & donations for the aftermath.
To quote an oft-repeated cliche; “Not out of the woods yet,” we are still in dire need of payments on prescription medicines, cardiac rehab, physical therapy, transportation, doctors visits, lab work & plain ol’ past due hospital bills. You are all Southern Nihilism Front soljas. We live to fight another day & to damage more minds and corrupt the bastard system we didn’t choose… EYEHATEGOD will return to the stage in 2017 to incite the class war!
– Mike IX
Here’s that link if you find it in your heart to donate today.
Last month Eyehategod announced that they’d booked a show at April’s Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan… with vocalist Mike IX Williams. Gwar, The Obsessed, Weedeater and more are also on the bill. Let’s all help get Mike through so he can this gig in tip-top shape!