Ex-Black Flag, Misfits Guitarist Battling Cancer

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Dez Cadena of The Misfits performs on stage at the 2014 Alternative Press Music Awards at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on July 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dez Cadena, veteran punk rocker and former member of Black Flag and the Misfits, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

According to his GoFundMe page, Cadena has just finished "debilitating radiation treatments," but is confident he can return to performing within a year. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up in the guitarist's benefit, seeking a goal of $35,000 in donations to cover his medical bills. Cadena's condition forced him to halt touring and recording plans, so the GoFundMe page was started to help cover his medical bills. 

To help Cadena's cause, click here.

Cadena joined Black Flag as a vocalist in 1980, but soon switched to guitar once Henry Rollins joined -- but not before singing lead on two songs: a cover of "Louie Louie" and an early version of "Six Pack."

He left Black Flag after performing on their debut album Damaged. Later on in the '80s, he formed a hard rock group called DC3, which released three studio albums. He joined the Misfits for their 2001 album Cuts from the Crypt and also played live with them. Recently, he left the Misfits and was playing with FLAG, featuring former Black Flag and Descendents members. 

Watch him perform "Six Pack" with FLAG here:

The GoFundMe page reads:

We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez's cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.

We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.