Fans have come to the aid of long-time R.E.M. touring multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey after he suffered a stroke.
McCaughey toured with the band from 1994 until their split in 2011. He played rhythm guitar, keyboards, provided backing vocals and occasionally contributed lead guitar in that time.
The musician’s wife has now set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of his medical bills, as well as the extensive physical and speech therapy he will need in the future.
On the page, his wife informed fans McCaughey had “suffered a major stroke and is receiving treatment in San Francisco.” She added: “He is still in ICU and has a long, difficult road ahead to recovery, but with his unsinkable spirit (and with time and hard work) we know that he’ll come back from this and be back in your town rocking soon.”
In the first day of the GoFundMe page being active, fans raised nearly $82,000 (£61,958). At the time of writing, the fund now stands at $84,335 (£63,716).
As well as being a touring member of R.E.M., McCaughey is also the frontman of bands The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5. He was also in a group called The Baseball Project with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and has played bass for Robyn Hitchcock’s The Venus Three.
You can donate to McCaughey’s cause here.