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Wife of Former Anthrax Guitarist Dan Spitz Says He Did Not Beat Her, But He May Have Parkinson’s Disease


Dan and Candi SpitzOne less-than-awesome bit of news we missed during our holiday hiatus: Dan Spitz, former guitarist for Anthrax and current mastermind of Red Lamb, was arrested Christmas morning on suspicion of domestic violence, following a drunken dispute with his wife and manager, Candi. Ho ho ho, merry Christmas.

The silver lining is that Candi has apparently decided not to press charges, and recently spent an afternoon canoodling with her hubby at Zoo Miami, which is not a douchie nightclub but, rather, the actually zoo in Miami, which was apparently christened by someone suffering from dyslexia (see photo of aforementioned canoodling below):


Candi Spitz (who is not to be confused with the former Anthrax guitarist’s first wife, Veji Swalloz) tells Gossip Extra that the whole debacle “was a big misunderstanding” and that “My mom should’ve never called 911.” Although Mr. Spitz did in fact shove Mrs. Spitz, Candi claims that the axe slinger and one-time watchmaker is “5 feet tall and 100 pounds all wet… He could never harm me if he tried.”

Alas, this does not mean that all is well in the Spitz home: in the same interview, Candi reveals that “Dan may have early onset Parkinson’s Disease.” Which is really, really bad news.

In case you’re not familiar with Parkinson’s, here are some details from

“Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

“In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your face may show little or no expression or your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

“Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications may markedly improve your symptoms. In occasional cases, your doctor may suggest surgery to regulate certain regions of your brain and improve your symptoms.”

Wikipedia also notes that “The life expectancy of people with PD is reduced” and that  “Mortality ratios are around twice those of unaffected people.”

Although there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, it is treatable. And it’s worth emphasizing that Candi only said Dan “may” have the disease — so he may not. Hopefully everything works out for the best.

[via Metal Insider]

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