Bernie Worrell, one of the greatest and most influential keyboard players of the past 40-plus years and a pillar of the legendary Parliament Funkadelic, has been diagnosed with two types of cancer. His wife Judie Worrell revealed on her Facebook page and confirmed to the Asbury Park Press that one of the diagnoses is stage 4 liver cancer.
“Bernie was first diagnosed with prostate cancer but a mild form and the doctors said men can live with that 20 to 30 years,” his wife wrote to the paper in an email. “Then tests showed 4th stage liver cancer that has metastasized to his liver and the pleural cavities." According to her Facebook post, the Worrell has rejected chemotherapy but is hoping to raise money for the 71-year-old's naturopathic treatment and is "investigating various options." He and his wife have also launched an Indiegogo campaign, which as of press time has been 63 percent funded, to try to raise $10,000 for the release of the keyboardist's final album, the already-completed Retrospectives.