Oasis star Bonehead diagnosed with tonsil cancer as Liam Gallagher sends support

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Oasis star Paul Arthurs has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer.

The 56-year-old musician shared a message with his fans on Tuesday (April 26) confirming his health battle.

He penned: "Just to let you all know i'm going to be taking a break from playing for a while.

"I've been diagnosed with tonsil cancer, but the good news is it's treatable and i'll be starting a course of treatment soon.

"I'll keep you posted how it's going, i'm gutted i'm missing the gigs with Liam and the band.

"Have the best simmer and enjoy the gigs if you're going, i'll see you soon xxx."

Liam Gallagher took to Twitter to share a supportive message for his pal following his announcement.

He wrote: "Sending BIG love to the 1 n only Bonehead and his family wishing you a speedy recovery we're all thinking of you rasta you'll be back on stage before you can say r we doing Colombia LG x"

Other fans also rushed to their keyboards to send their love to the rocker.

One fan penned: "We will always support you bonehead you’re a legend. I will pray for you always."

Another added: "Will be thinking of you throughout your treatment. Get well soon Bonehead!"

A third person posted: "Get well soon bonehead, we all love you so much x"

While a fourth social media user said: "Everything will be fine and you will soon be back playing with Liam. A big hug and good vibes."

Bonehead is best known as the rhythm guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of Oasis.

In the late 1980s, while working as a building contractor, he started a band, the Rain, with his friends Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, Tony McCarroll, and Chris Hutton.

Chris was later replaced by Liam, who suggested the band change their name to Oasis.

Bonehead and Liam teamed up as co-songwriters. However, the band were still unsuccessful until Gallagher encouraged his brother Noel, who had just come back from travelling the world as a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, to join the band.

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In 1999, Boneheadleft the band in 1999, during the recording of Oasis's fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.

His official statement said he wanted to spend more time with his family with his first child, Lucy was born in 1995 and his son, Jude born in 1997.

Bonehead has joined Liam several times in recent years and appeared on stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals during Gallagher's headline set last summer.

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