LA punk icon diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Exene Cervenka says she'll continue with tour and album

X frontwoman Exene Cervenka has revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The singer, who has a child with actor Viggo Mortensen, said in a statement that she will not let the diagnosis interfere with her current US tour or the forthcoming release of her solo album.

“After some months of not feeling 100% healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from multiple sclerosis. Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time,” Cervenka said.

“Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it. I, and X as a band, have supported the Sweet Relief charity since the mid-1990s; the irony of this is not lost on any of us. Sweet Relief was started as an aid to uninsured artists by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS in 1992.

“While this diagnosis will most certainly mean some changes for me personally, it will not affect my commitments to the current X US tour, nor will it affect my solo album that is slated for release this fall on Bloodshot Records.

“My focus will certainly be on maintaining my health – many people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis and I plan to be one of those people.”

Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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