Bill Wyman, ex-Rolling Stone, diagnosed with cancer

79-year old left the band in 1993

Bill Wyman, former bassist in The Rolling Stones, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The news was confirmed this morning (March 8) with spokesman for the musician stating: “He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages.”

Wyman left The Rolling Stones in 1993 after joining the band three decades previous in 1962. He went on to form his own band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and last played with the Stones in London at their 50th anniversary gigs in 2012.

His family have “asked for their privacy during this time” in a statement.

Wyman, who is 79, was pictured at the wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall last weekend.

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The Rolling Stones are currently on tour in Latin America, with dates set to end on March 17 in Mexico City. The band have also announced a historic gig in Havana, Cuba.

Ronnie Wood was quoted in November last year as saying that work on a new Rolling Stones album was imminent. With bandmate Keith Richards previously saying that the group would return to the studio and work on new music in April this year, but Wood suggested work may have begun in December last year