Former Oasis guitarist Bonehead reveals he has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer

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Bonehead on the left at Knebworth  (PA)
Bonehead on the left at Knebworth (PA)

Oasis legend ‘Bonehead’ Paul Arthurs has revealed he has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer.

The Wonderwall guitarist and one of Oasis’s founding members announced he was forced to pull out of upcoming gigs with Liam Gallagher’s solo project to undergo treatment.

He wrote on Twitter: “Just to let you all know I’m going to be taking a break from playing for a while. I have been diagnosed with tonsil cancer.

“But the good news is it’s treatable and I will be starting a course of treatment soon. I will keep you posted how it is going.

“I am gutted I am missing the gigs with Liam and the band.”

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Arthurs’ former bandmate Liam sent his well-wishes on social media, writing: “Sending BIG love to the 1 n only Bonehead and his family wishing you a speedy recovery we’re all thinking of you rasta you’ll be back on stage bfore you can say r we doing Colombia LG x.”

It came after Gallagher has said he would rather be “in pain” than have a hip operation due to his arthritis.

The former Oasis frontman, 49, revealed that he would prefer to use a wheelchair than suffer the “stigma” of having major surgery.

“My hips are f***ed... I’ve got arthritis, bad,” he told Mojo magazine. “I went to get it checked and my bones are mashed up.

“The lady was going, ‘You might need a hip operation, a replacement’ - no way. ‘It’s not as bad as you think, the recovery will be a couple of months’.

“You’re all right... I think I’d rather just be in pain - which is ridiculous, obviously. I know that; just get them fixed.

“But it’s also the stigma, saying you’ve had your hips replaced... What’s next?”

Last year former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll revealed he had been taken to hospital after a heart attack.

Oasis split in Paris after a string of hit albums in the 1990s made them the biggest rock band in Britain.

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