Black Flag/Ex-Misfits Guitarist Dez Cadena Has Throat Cancer
Sad news today, as Dez Cadena, formerly of Black Flag and Jerry Only’s revived version of The Misfits, has been diagnosed with throat cancer, according to Brooklyn Vegan.
A crowdfunding campaign has been started to aid Cadena with his medical bills. The GoFundMe page reads:
Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor’s bills.
We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez’s cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.
We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.
This is, of course, terribly sad news. Whether you were a big fan of Cadena or not — plenty of people disliked the continued existence of the Misfits — you can’t deny that dealing with cancer and chemo is tough for anyone. Our hearts go out to Dez and his loved ones. We wish him a speedy recovery.
You can donate to help Dez here. Cancer is no joke, and punk rock can’t always pay the bills, so I’m sure your generosity would be much appreciated.