Bad Brains Ask Fans to Pray for Guitarist Dr. Know After Hospitalization

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Dr Know of Bad Brains sits for a portrait in 1991 in London, England.

As social-media posts multiply about Bad Brains guitarist Gary "Dr. Know" Miller being on life support, the seminal D.C. hardcore band issued a statement on its Facebook page asking fans to pray for Miller, and respect his privacy.

"The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers," reads a Facebook status from Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 3). "The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way. Positive vibes and PMA!"

"PMA" stands for positive mental attitude, a concept the Rastafarian band talked and sang about during their lengthy career.

 

Prior to Bad Brains' update, the Dean Ween Group Facebooked, "Just got word that dr. know from bad brains (gary) is on life support in the hospital. pray for him, or at least smoke a huge spliff and keep him in your thoughts."

According to Rolling Stone, social media posts about his hospitalization go back as far as Sunday.

Bad Brains' self-titled 1982 debut is an incalculably influential reggae-punk classic. Although the band moved away from reggae on its heavy metal and funk-influenced album I Against I, their most celebrated release, they returned to it on subsequent albums. Bad Brains' sole album to chart on the Billboard 200 is 2007's Build a Nation, which peaked at No. 100. Their most recent release was 2012's Into the Future.