Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer.
The 56-year-old guitarist – who was a founding member of Oasis – confirmed the news via Twitter, explaining he was going to take a break from his music career while he undergoes “treatment”.
He wrote on the microblogging platform, “Just to let you all know I’m going to take a break for a while.
“I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, but the good news is that it is treatable and I will be starting treatment soon.”
Bonehead is now set to miss all of its scheduled summer gigs, including Liam Gallagher’s highly anticipated return to Knebworth in June.
He added on Twitter: “I’ll keep you posted on how it goes I’m disgusted I’m missing the gigs with Liam and the band. Have the best summer and enjoy the gigs if you go I’ll see to soon xxx (sic)”
Liam, 49, has already taken to Twitter to show his support for Bonehead.
The former Oasis frontman wrote: “Sending BIG love to the only Bonehead and his family wishing you a speedy recovery we are all thinking of you rasta you will be back on stage before we can say we do Colombia LG x (sic)”
Andy Bell, another former Oasis star, also sent his best wishes to Bonehead.
He wrote, “Get well soon Bone. (sic)”
Bonehead left Oasis in 1999, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
However, he continued to work with Liam over the years, including in his band Beady Eye and on other solo projects.
Former duo Oasis performed together on Liam’s sets at Reading and Leeds festivals in 2021.