Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

James Murphy Needs Help In Battling With A Brain Tumor

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 @ 10:00 AM


James Murphy (Testament, Obitu

- advertisement -
As reported by the official James Murphy site :

To everyone in the metal and guitar communities,

In August of 2001 James Murphy, the guitarist you all know from Testament, Death, Obituary, Disincarnate, Shrapnel solo albums and numerous guest spots on CD's and tours throughout the world, was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life saving operation. He is currently staying with his family in Florida during his recovery and follow-up treatments.

In December of 1993 James had put his own project, Disincarnate, on the shelf and moved from Tampa, Florida to Oakland, California where he joined the preeminent Bay area metal band Testament. During the next 7 years he played with Testament on 3 CD's and numerous tours, built up and operated his own Sound Temple recording studio, released 2 solo albums on Shrapnel records, played as a guest on 3 releases and toured with Danish act Konkhra, and made guest appearances on numerous other discs, all while working as an engineer on dozens of CD's and demos.

The first signs that led to his eventual diagnosis began showing as far back as early 1999 and were misunderstood by friends, family, and business associates alike. At first his sight began getting a bit blurry around the edges of his field of vision and he had some short-term memory loss. By the fall of 2000 those symptoms had steadily grown much worse and he had also developed very uncharacteristic behavior patterns and poor judgment ability. The once responsible, conscientious guitarist had begun to mismanage his finances and forget important events and details.

As a result of the growth's effects, particularly on his judgment, memory and behavior, James eventually ended up homeless and lost everything - his studio, guitars and gear, a 12-year career's worth of personal belongings and collections, and very nearly his life.

Luckily, after his family finally convinced him to return to Florida and eventually, some months later, to agree to see doctors about his rapidly worsening symptoms, the tumor was finally discovered. An Optician that his father had taken him to in the hopes of getting him some glasses to help with his poor vision suspected that the cause of the problem was more than merely bad eyes, and suggested an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) as soon as possible. Once the MRI films were developed the tumor was revealed and the reason behind all of James' strange symptoms and behavior was revealed. It was a Pituitary Macro-Adenoma - a huge tumor growth the size of nearly 3 golf balls located beneath the brain and originating on the pituitary gland. It had expanded into the optic chiasm, wrapped itself around the carotid arteries, and was putting great pressure on his brain and optic nerve as well as effecting hormone production. The size of the tumor and its adverse effects made it crucial for James to quickly undergo surgery to remove as much of it as possible or face blindness, the likelihood of an aneurysm, permanent brain damage, and ultimately death within 6 months time.

James underwent surgery on Sep. 17th, 2001 at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Vrionis and Head and Neck surgeon Dr. John Song, performed the operation using a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through his sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. The sinus was then packed with fat tissue taken from the lower abdomen via an incision below the navel and reattached. The cheekbone was set back in place and held with two small titanium plates. The facial tissue was then sutured closed along with the soft pallet. His mouth was fitted with a prosthesis to protect the pallet tissue while it healed. The remaining 30% of the tumor is being treated with a medication to shrink it called Parlodel (Bromocriptine), which he will have to take for the rest of his life.

[To view a "Before and After" surgery photo of James, please visit the site.] Since the surgery he has made a lot of progress on the road to recovery and has overcome many problems. His mind has returned to him and his body is on the mend. However, there are numerous complications caused by the tumor and surgery that he is still struggling with.

As you may imagine the bills for the surgery, medications, follow-up treatments, MRI's, etc., are astronomical. James had no insurance and is penniless due to the tumors effects. His family is helping as much as they can but they simply don't have the resources to cover these expenses. We know there are many out there who will want to help him get through this recovery, help with his continuing medical expenses beyond the $60,000 initial operation, and see him get on his feet so that he can begin making music once again.

To that end we are offering autographed copies of James' two solo CD's "Convergence" and "Feeding The Machine" for sale on this site and accepting donations by credit card, check, or by money order to help raise the necessary funds. There will also be some eBay auctions of rare promotional items and memorabilia from different stages of his career. Details will be announced on this site and by email. Anyone wishing to donate items for auction may contact us by email. All proceeds from CD sales, donations, and auctions go directly to benefit James.

More updates with details on James' condition and more news on how anyone who wishes to can help out will come as soon as they are available. Thanks for your support, it's all for a great cause: JAMES MURPHY

NOTE: Anyone without a credit card who'd like to make a donation by check or money order may do so by sending it in James' name to:

James Murphy
3648 Willow Wisp Dr. S.
Lakeland, FL 33810

Please click here for more details.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
HUNTRESS Singer JILL JANUS Commits Suicide
Fourth Annual "BOWL FOR RONNIE" Celebrity Bowling Party Set For Thursday, October 25
MIKE TRAMP Reissues Capricorn Debut Solo CD
NONPOINT Premiere "Chaos And Earthquakes" Video
WHITECHAPEL Announces "Ten Years Of Exile" US Tour
THE UNITY Stream New Track "No Hero"
SAN DIEGO METAL SWAP MEET Returns October 27th
WOLFHEART Release Official Video For "Breakwater"
SIRENIA Reveal Cover Art For New LP Arcane Astral Aeons
GRETA VAN FLEET Launch "When The Curtain Falls" Video
GOATWHORE To Headline 2018 Edition Of The "Metal Alliance" Tour This Fall
THEM Set To Release Manor Of The Se7en Gables Album
FATE DESTROYED Streams New Single, "We Fall"
GoFundMe Page Launched For STRYPER Guitarist OZ FOX
TENGGER CAVALRY Reveals Music Video For "Redefine"
A LIGHT DIVIDED Say Choose Your Own Adventure With New Album
STRYPER Guitarist OZ FOX Collapses, Hospitalized
JAG PANZER, CAGE, MORBID SAINT, MALICE And CONQUEST Highlight The Lineup At SWORDMETAL FEST VII
KNAC.COM Premiere! DARK ENTRIES Unleash "Manifesto" Video
TESTAMENT Forge Into The World Of Cryptocurrency With PRiVCY Coin
CRUCIALFEST 8 Announced For Salt Lake City
DEICIDE Streaming New Track "Seal The Tomb Below"
MUSHROOMHEAD Schedules Additional In-Store DVD Signings During Upcoming "The Summer Of Screams" Headline Tour
LORDS OF THE TRIDENT Premiere "Reaper's Hourglass" Video
SOULFLY Reveal Ritual New Album Details, Release Single
Additional KING DIAMOND LP Vinyl Reissues Announced For Deadly Lullabyes, Give Me Your Soul And The Puppet Master
OMNIUM GATHERUM Debut "Refining Fire" Single, Video
SATAN Stream New Single "Into The Mouth Of Eternity"
CHUGGERNAUT Release "Stranglehold" Video
STICK TO YOUR GUNS Announces Fall North American Co-Headline Tour
AMARANTHE Set To Return With New Album Helix
PIG DESTROYER Share "The Torture Fields" Video
SUFFOCATION Announce FRANK MULLEN Farewell Tour For North America
SEPTEMBER MOURNING Set For 2018 "Summer Soul Collection" Tour
MUNICIPAL WASTE Announce "The Speed Of The Wizard" Co-Headlining Tour With HIGH ON FIRE
ACE FREHLEY Returns With New Album Spaceman
DEAD BY WEDNESDAY Announces U.S. Tour Dates, New Guitarist & Upcoming Album Details
PHOENIX RISING Launch "Do You Know" Video
MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Announces European Dates For His "BASSTORY TOUR"
MONSTROSITY Stream New Single, 'Kingdom of Fire'
STRIKER Reveal Artwork, Track Listing For New Album Play To Win
RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR Set For Sophomore Album The Legacy Of Shi
HIGHVOLMUSIC Announces HIGHVOLSUMMERBASH For August 25th
DEVILDRIVER Announces "Outlaws 'Til The End" U.S. Headline Tour
OBITUARY Announce Headlining US East Coast Tour Dates
STEVE VAI Announces "THE BIG MAMA JAMA JAM-A-THON"
VAN CANTO In Search Of Their "Neverland" In New Video
HIGH ON FIRE Announce New LP, Electric Messiah
RYAN ROXIE Streams New Track "Me Generation"
BEHEMOTH Reveal New Album Details For I Loved You at Your Darkest
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Reinvent '90s CYCO MIKO Solo Tracks As Full-Length Album, STill Cyco Punk After All These Years
ANOTHER DAY'S ARMOR Releases "Death Investing" Video
BEYOND THE BLACK Launch "Million Lightyears" Video
GAMA BOMB Are Set To Speed Between The Lines With New Album
ALTER BRIDGE Release "Words Darker Than Their Wings" Video
PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS Announces U.S. Expansion & PROPHECY FEST USA
MOURNING GREY Premieres "Scarred" Music Video
Houston's LOVE AND WAR Offer Free Title Track To New Album Edge Of The World
MUSHROOMHEAD Announces Official DVD Premiere Event And In-Store Signing In Cleveland, Ohio
SUPERSUCKERS Set To Suck It With New Album
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Announce With Roots Above And Branches Below Tenth Anniversary Tour
GWAR Vinyl LP Reissues For Carnival of Chaos, Ragnarök And This Toilet Earth" Now Available
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Debut New Video For "Choosing Mental Illness"
SKINDRED Announces "That's My Jam" US Tour
NIGHT DEMON Release New Single "Screams In The Night"
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announces USA Tour Dates
JOE PERRY Releases New Video For "Aye, Aye, Aye"
80's Thrashers INFRARED Stream New Track "Father Of Lies"
GRAHAM BONNET BAND "Livin' In Suspicion" With New Video
DEVIN TOWNSEND Announces ERAS Vinyl Collection Part 2
RED SUN RISING Premiere "Veins" Video
BREAKING BENJAMIN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Announce Fall U.S. Arena Tour
FOZZY Debuts New Video For Latest Single "Burn Me Out"
LOUDER THAN LIFE Announces Addition Of ALICE IN CHAINS
LORDS OF THE TRIDENT Stream New Track "Burn It Down"
DORO Says "If I Can't Have You - No One Will" In New Video
METAL ALLEGIANCE Release Second Single "Voodoo Of The Godsend"
NEW YEARS DAY "Disgust Me" With New Music Video
CONAN Stream First Single From Their New Album Existential Void Guardian
DISCIPLES OF BABYLON Release "Without You" Video
HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY To Induct JUDAS PRIEST And DORO PESCH
WILSON Races To The Finish Line In "Dumptruck" Video
BOBAFLEX Release "Off With Your Head" Music Video
WEDNESDAY 13 Announces North American Tour Dates
SEBASTIAN BACH Confirms New "Home Away From Home Tour" Dates
KILMARA Release "Out From The Darkness" Single, Video
CANE HILL To Embark On First-Ever North American Headline Tour
TEXAS METAL OUTLAWS Project To Release Debut Album
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Announce North American Tour
MANOWAR LP Reissues Now Available For Fighting the World, Kings of Metal And Triumph of Steel Via Metal Blade Records
IN THIS MOMENT, HALESTORM Announce Third Leg Of Tour Dates
JUDAS PRIEST Unleash Music Video For "No Surrender"
BRANT BJORK To Release New Album, Mankind Woman
FALLEN ANGELS Debut "The Force In The Mind" Video
SCORPIONS' Rescheduled U.S. "Crazy World" Tour Dates Kick Off In August
NAZARETH Are Back With Tattooed On My Brain Album
HUMBLE PIE Launches First U.S. Tour In Decades
TESTAMENT Vocalist CHUCK BILLY Expands "The Chief" Signature Vaporizer Line With New Products
Estate Of RONNIE JAMES DIO Announces Property Auction
TANTRIC Launches PledgeMusic Campaign For Upcoming New Album Mercury Retrograde
MAD MAX Launches "Beat Of The Heart" Video
KORPIKLAANI Announce North American Tour With ARKONA
DEE SNIDER Streams New Song "I Am The Hurricane"
JUNGLE ROT "Send Forth Oblivion" In Epic New Video
IMPELLITTERI Announce New Album The Nature Of The Beast
PEACEMAKER, Featuring Ex-METAL CHURCH Vocalist RONNY MUNROE, Set To Unleash 'Concrete And Terror' Album
CONAN Announce New Album Existential Void Guardian
MONTE PITTMAN Set To Release Two New Albums, Better Or Worse And Between The Space
ULI JON ROTH Confirms 50th Anniversary UK Tour For November/December
GWAR, HATEBREED To Co-Headline The "Gore, Core, Metal and More" Tour This Fall
CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces Fall USA Tour With HATE ETERNAL, HARM'S WAY
GRETA VAN FLEET Releases New Single "When The Curtain Falls"
UNDEROATH Announce Fall North American "Erase Me" Tour
DECAPITATED Release "Kill The Cult" Music Video
METAL & BEER FEST LA Reveals Second Wave Of Bands
CKY Are "Wiping Off The Dead" In New Music Video
SAFFIRE Launch "Where The Monsters Dwell" Video
BEHEMOTH Announces North American "Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v." Headline Tour
GRAVE DIGGER Stream New Single "Fear Of The Living Dead"
TENGGER CAVALRY Regroup, Release New "Heart" Video
BLACK FAST Debut "Phantom I Am" Video
HELSOTT Announce Summer Headlining Tour
CROWN THE EMPIRE Return With "20/20" Song, Video
ALTER BRIDGE Set To Release Live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Live At The Royal Albert Hall
NONPOINT Announce Late Summer Headline Tour
DREAM CHILD Debut First Video For "Under The Wire"
REDEMPTION Launches "Someone Else's Problem" Video
KING DIAMOND LP Picture Disc Reissues Now Available For Abigail II: The Revenge, House of God And Voodoo
TOMBS Announce North American Dates
POWERWOLF Release New Song "Incense & Iron"
VAN CANTO Release Official Video For "Melody"
HAKEN, LEPROUS Join Forces For North American Tour
PARADISE LOST Announce U.S. Headlining Tour
BROKEN HOPE Announce European 30 Year Anniversary Tour
THE UNITY Set To Rise With New Album In September
STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP 2018 Lineup Finalized
REVOCATION Launches Video For "Of Unworldly Origin
PIG DESTROYER Premiere "Army of Cops" Video
VOIVOD Reveal The Wake Album Details, Release Date
2018 GENERATION AXE Tour Announced With STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT, TOSIN ABASI
ARMORED DAWN "Sail Away" With Debut Single, Video
MACHINE HEAD Announce 2nd Leg Of North American "Catharsis" Tour
MUSHROOMHEAD Pay Tribute To The Evil Dead In New Video For Alternate Version Of "We Are The Truth"
VICIOUS RUMORS Announce New Singer NICK COURTNEY
DEE SNIDER Unleashes "Become The Storm" Video
JOE SATRIANI Announces G4 EXPERIENCE V5.0: ROCKS THE DESERT
TRIBULATION Confirm North American Tour Dates In Support Of Down Below
INKCARCERATION Music And Tattoo Festival Band Set Times, Sponsors Announced
OMNIUM GATHERUM Release "Gods Go First" Video
GREAT WHITE 'Release' TERRY ILLOUS, Announce New Singer MITCH MALLOY
SIX FEET UNDER Unveils Unreleased Material Collection Unburied
MOB RULES Have A "Ghost Of A Chance" With New Video
DORO Stream Second Album Single "Lift Me Up"
DOYLE Announces Summer UK & European And Winter North American Dates
IMMOLATION Release "When The Jackals Come" Video
ALICE COOPER Reveals New Live Album A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris
TORNADO Set To Unleash Commitment To Excellence Album
SKELETONWITCH, MANTAR Announce UK/European Co-Headline Tour
BLACK FAST Debut Third Single "Husk"
PANTERA Mini-Guitars Coming To San Diego Comic-Con
HALCYON WAY Stream New "Slaves To Silicon" Track
BLACKTOP MOJO Announce North American Tour Leg Two
MUNICIPAL WASTE Release "Slime And Punishment" Video
TRAUMA Drop Lyric Video For "The Rage"
YOB Reveal Fall European Tour
BULLETS AND OCTANE Release "Fuck You Song" Video
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Unveils New Single "Zephon"
MAMMOTH GRINDER Share "Cosmic Crypt" Video
KILLER BEE Work On New Album
MANIMAL Set To Release New Album Purgatorio
JUNGLE ROT Stream New Single "A Burning Cinder"
ABORTED Unveil New Album TerrorVision
GEMINI SYNDROME To Headline The "Synner Conversion Tour"
CAULDRON Reveal New Album New Gods Details
MASSIVE WAGONS Release "Under No Illusion" Video
DEICIDE Announce New Album Overtures Of Blasphemy
WE CAME AS ROMANS Post "Vultures With Clipped Wings" Video





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2018 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News