Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus diagnosed with cancer

Singer and bassist says diagnosis ‘sucks and I’m scared’, and he is having chemotherapy

Mark Hoppus, the bassist and vocalist with pop-punk band Blink-182, has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement on Twitter, he said he had been undergoing chemotherapy for three months, and has “months of treatment ahead of me ... It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.”

— ϻ𝔞Ⓡ𝔨 𝐇𝑜Ƥ𝐩ย𝓼 (@markhoppus) June 23, 2021

Hoppus formed Blink-182 with vocalist-guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Scott Rayner in the mid-1990s, releasing their debut album, Cheshire Cat, in 1995. After drummer Travis Barker replaced Raynor, they released Enema of the State in 1999, a landmark pop-punk album featuring hit singles What’s My Age Again? and All the Small Things. The band have released five further albums since, all of which have reached the US Top 3. In 2019, Hoppus launched new project Simple Creatures, a duo with Alex Gaskarth of rock band All Time Low.

His current and former bandmates voiced support for Hoppus, with DeLonge saying: “He is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart.”


Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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