DIRE STRAITS: Sultan of Secret
Dire Straits bassist John Illsley has been sitting on top of a pretty big secret for 15 years — he had leukemia.
He says, “I remember sitting in the doctor’s office with my wife and being told that I had cancer. I asked for the bottom line and bluntly the doctor said I probably had 10 years left. I have to say that brought me up quite short.”
Outside of his immediate family, he told no one and explained that the reason for his weight loss was that he’d given up beer. He underwent stem cell treatment in 2008 and has been cancer-free since 2011.
Illsley will release a new album, Testing the Water, next month.