Former VENOM Drummer ABADDON Diagnosed With Cancer, Starts Chemotherapy - "None Of This Will Break Me"
September 25, 2022, a year ago
Last week, former Venom / Venom Inc. drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer. He posted the following message via social media.
"I noticed a mass growing on the side of my neck in July 2022, I thought it was maybe an insect bite as I live near the sea and it was a hot month here. The mass grew bigger and, urged by my wife Rachel, I went to see my GP who reassured me that it was most likely not cancer because cancerous lumps don’t come up over night usually, rather they take a longer time to grow.
However, she referred me to the freeman hospital in Newcastle to a specialist who reiterated her thoughts on the speed of my growth. He did some tests then sent me straight away for a biopsy. I had three samples taken and then went back to see my specialist who said that, sadly, it was lymphoma a cancer of the blood.
He sent me immediately for a CT scan and an MRI scan which showed that I also had cancer in my bowel and lower intestinal tract. He decided therefore to not operate on my neck but to refer me to haematology at Wandsbeck Hospital in Ashington. They decided on 6 cycles of chemotherapy which I started yesterday. I will also be referred back to freeman hospital for radiotherapy after a few bouts of chemotherapy.
None of this will break me.
Abaddon was with Venom from 1978–1992, then again from 1995–1999. He joined former Venom bandmates Jeff "Mantas" Dunn and Tony "Demolition Man " Dolan in Venom Inc. in 2015 but left the band following the 2017 debut, Avé.