For over 28 years, Art Alexakis has been rocking out as the front man of the music group Everclear. But this week, fans learned that during a majority of those years, he has been dealing with the affects of Multiple Sclerosis.
“I was sent to see a neurologist (three years ago after a serious car accident,) who did a ridiculous number of tests – more MRI’s, a spinal tap, over fifty blood tests, and numerous cognitive and balance tests,” Alexakis recalled in a letter to his fans on Everclear’s website. “After receiving the results, he told me that I have a form of Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), and that I have had it for anywhere between 10 to 20 years.”
Alexakis went on to say that he wanted to come clean about the diagnosis because rumors had begun as of late that something was wrong with him.
“One of the reasons I wanted to be more public about my disease is that I have been hearing a lot of people say that I am drinking again or back on drugs because they have seen me look unsteady on stage or around town (people say all sorts of nasty things when they don’t think you can hear them,)”wrote Alexakis, who has been sober for 30 years after a battle with addiction in high school.
For now, Alexakis says he is getting used to living with the disease.
“I can feel the disease slowly growing in me,” he wrote. “I now have to give myself injections three times a week. My neurologist says as long as I stay on the medication, I should live into my 80’s without progression. We shall see.”