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PRIMUS Drummer Tim Alexander Has Open Heart Surgery Today

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 11:42 AM


Had Recently Suffered A Heart Attack

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PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander (PUSCIFER, A PERFECT CIRCLE) suffered a heart attack recently and is scheduled to have open heart surgery today (July 21st). Vocalist/bassist Les Claypool has posted this message on Facebook:

"Hello all,

As some of you may already know, our friend and über drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander is having a bypass procedure to remove blockage from arteries near his heart. He is a strong Herculean fellow and we all expect him to be up and around in no time but with all surgical endeavors we want to make sure he has the best energy working for him so let’s all throw our coins in the nearest fountain, wish on the first star of the night, blow out the birthday cake candles with him in mind, pray to whichever deity seems appropriate and generally send good thoughts his way so we can soon, once again, experience the glory that is the magnificent percussive rhythm of the mighty Tim Alexander."

Alexander's family also posted this update:

"Some time during the hours of 7:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST) today, July 21st, Tim's heart will be stopped for his open heart surgery. The heart is like a drum and we need to help keep it going, so during this time we ask you to please help carry that beat. Whether it be drums, percussion or even in your head, we would like to start a global drum circle to send positive, healing energy to Tim. Any and all prayer, healing words and thoughts at this time would also be greatly appreciated. Follow and send any caring, healing words to #carrythebeat on Twitter (@TimAlexander or @Primus). Thank you."


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