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Bill Wyman: Former Rolling Stones bassist treated for prostate cancer

Bill Wyman: Former Rolling Stones bassist treated for prostate cancer
Bill Wyman (far right) with the Rolling Stones in 1965

Bill Wyman (far right) with the Rolling Stones in 1965

Bill Wyman, who played bass with the Rolling Stones for over 30 years, is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, a spokesman for the musician announced.

"He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages," the spokesman said in a statement.

Wyman, 79, was a member of the iconic rock band when it formed in 1962, eventually leaving in 1993, and now records and tours with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.

He was born William Perks in Lewisham, south London, in 1936, legally changing his name in 1964.

The bassist hit the front pages in 1989 when, aged 52, he married 18-year-old Mandy Smith, whom he had been dating since she was 13.

Wyman attended the wedding celebration in London on Saturday of Australian-born media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and former model Jerry Hall, who had four children with Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

 

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