X singer Exene Cervenka diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Exenecervenka

Punk legend and former St. Petersburg resident Exene Cervenka, singer for the band X, announced on her Web site that she is suffering from multiple sclerosis.

"Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it," Cervenka said in a statement. "While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records."

Cervenka moved with her family to St. Pete as a youngster, but dropped out of St. Petersburg High School on her 16th birthday in 1972. She headed west a few years later and helped found X, which was among the most influential bands in the early days of hardcore punk. 

See Cervenka's full statement on her condition after the jump.

After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time.

Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990’s; the irony of this is not lost on any of us. Sweet Relief was started as an aide to uninsured artists by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS in 1992.

While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me, personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X U.S. tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.

My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health--many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people.

For more on Exene Cervenka, check out Gina Vivinetto's profile from 2003.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:12pm]

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...