Founding member of group caught his finger in an electric anchor, according to reports

INXS guitarist Tim Farriss says he’s “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and well wishes” following news of an accident that may threaten his career.

The 57-year-old guitarist has revealed he may never play properly again after severing his finger in a boating accident.

Farriss caught the ring finger of his left hand in an electric anchor while working on his boat near his home in Fairlight, Sydney, on January 24, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph. He has undergone two lots of surgery attempting to reattach the digit, but has been left with permanent damage.

According to local reports, he described the situation as “horrific” in an email to his bandmates and manager, and stated, “I don’t know if I will be able to play properly again.” A Facebook post to fans (below) described it as a “nightmare”.

INXS’ manager, Chris Murphy, said Farriss was undergoing physiotherapy. Murphy said: “He is getting the best possible care and we hope with time he will regain movement in his finger. This was a terrible accident, we are all here to support him.”

Farriss’ INXS bandmates include his brothers, Andrew and Jon. A founder member of the group, he has played with the band for more than three decades. The group’s last album was 2010’s ‘Original Sin’ and they officially retired in 2012.