According to bandmate Horace Panter, Specials frontman Terry Hall was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just months before his death.
Hall died Sunday (December 18) after a brief battle with the disease at the age of 63.
On Tuesday (December 20), bassist Horace Panter wrote a lengthy statement on Facebook detailing his version of events.
Panter recalled how the band had been ready to fly to the US to record a new album in September when Hall emailed to say he was unwell with a gastrointestinal virus.
“We had everything planned out,” the bassist began, explaining that Hall already had “the framework for 8 tunes” and that “the confidence was high”.
“That was in September. Terry emails everyone and says he’s in bed with a stomach virus and can’t do the first week of pre-production sessions. No big deal, we can throw everything back a week. We will not depart until November 4th,” Panter wrote.
But by the next week, Hall’s condition had deteriorated and he was hospitalized.
“Sunday October 2nd and I get a call from Manager Steve. And everything will suck,” Panter continued.
“Terry’s illness is much worse than we thought. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which has spread to his liver. This is serious. How life threateningly serious.
“He developed diabetes because his pancreas was attacked. This needs to be treated first, then it’s chemotherapy. There’s nothing anyone can do. Everything is put on hold,” he added.
Panter went on to say how Hall’s treatment “started off favorably” when band planning work resumed in March 2023.
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However, as the weeks went by, things “died down,” and by December they found Hall was deteriorating.
On December 17, Panter was advised to say goodbye to his longtime bandmate and friend over the phone. “It was tough,” he said.
“Terry died around four thirty the next evening, Sunday December 18,” Panter wrote.
The bassist explained that following his diagnosis, Hall was “strong” about keeping his illness a secret.
Since news of Hall’s death broke, fellow artists, celebrities and members of the public have paid their respects to the singer.
On Tuesday (December 20), Blur frontman Damon Albarn released a touching piano cover of the band’s classic “Friday Night, Saturday Morning.”
Other artists such as Frank Turner, UB40, Elvis Costello and Boy George have also paid homage to the legendary singer.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/terry-hall-diagnosed-pancreatic-cancer-the-specials-bassist-horace-panter-b2249275.html Terry Hall was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just months before his death, says The Specials bassist Horace Panter