GoFundMe launched to help Venom Icon Abaddon with cancer treatment

UPDATE (October 17, 2022): A GoFundMe has been launched to help Abaddon pay for his medical bills and cover his loss of income while undergoing treatment. To make a donation, go here.

Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, an early drummer for English metal pioneers Venom, shared this month that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer that affects the blood and lymphatic system.

In an online article by Bray that was reported by brave words and Metal injection, the 62-year-old musician opened up about how he found out he had the condition and detailed his treatment for it. “None of this is going to break me,” Bray said. “Fuck cancer.”

The Venom alum was diagnosed with cancer by doctors after noticing a lump in his neck earlier this year. A biopsy showed he had lymphoma. Further tests revealed the indication of cancer elsewhere in her body. He is already undergoing chemotherapy and will also receive radiotherapy.

Bray, part of the classic Venom lineup, played in the band from 1978 to 1992, returning from 1995 to 1999. He was later part of Venom Inc along with fellow Venom members Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and Tony” Demolition Man” Dolan, but he didn’t play with them anymore. (Four years ago, Dunn was recovering from a heart attack.)

Read Bray’s post below. Loudwire sends its best wishes to him and his family.

Statement from Anthony “Abaddon” Bray – September 2022

I noticed a mass growing on the side of my neck in July 2022, I thought it might have been an insect bite as I live near the sea and it was a hot month here.

The mass grew and, prompted by my wife Rachel, I went to see my GP who reassured me that it was probably not cancer, as cancerous masses do not usually appear overnight , but they take longer to develop. However, she referred me to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to a specialist who reiterated her thoughts on how fast I was growing.

He did some tests then sent me straight away for a biopsy, I had three samples taken then I went back to see my specialist who told me that it was unfortunately lymphoma, a blood cancer.

He sent me immediately for a CT scan and an MRI which showed that I also had bowel and lower intestinal tract cancer.

He therefore decided not to operate on my neck but to refer me in hematology to the wandsbeck hospital in Ashington.

They decided on 6 cycles of chemotherapy which I started yesterday.

I will also be referred to Freeman Hospital for radiation therapy after a few bouts of chemotherapy.

None of this will break me.

Damn cancer.


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