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Cancer-battling singer Bap Kennedy hails his fans

By Laura Abernethy

Published 22/08/2016

Seriously ill: Kennedy has been updating fans online
Seriously ill: Kennedy has been updating fans online

Bap Kennedy has thanked his "musical family" for all their messages of support as he continues his battle with cancer.

The singer-songwriter received a shock cancer diagnosis in May after he was rushed to the Ulster Hospital with crippling stomach pains.

His family had asked fans of the former Energy Orchard frontman to send emails for him to read throughout his recovery and he has been updating them in an online blog over the last few months.

In the most recent online post his wife Brenda thanked his fans from all over the world for their support and said he "wants to get back to doing what he loves best as soon as he is able". She said: "He is delighted to know that so many people are listening to and sharing his music.

"Bap has received wonderful messages from so many people telling him how much his music means to them - and this has touched him very deeply."

Alongside a video of one of his tracks, she added: "He wants to express his sincere appreciation to the wonderful staff at Marie Curie Hospice, who are currently helping him in his struggle with pain management."

Earlier this month Bap said that following major surgery he had received "very bad news" and was facing the "worst possible scenario".

In a heartfelt post on his blog, he said: "Once they opened me up, the surgeons found that they could do nothing to remove the cancer, and they discovered some more.

"I want to use my time to fix the things I can and put as much love as I can into the world before the boatman rows me across the big river.

"I'm not afraid. We all have to face this one day.

"I want to continue my cosmic adventures.

"I want to see my beloved grandmother Brigid again (Elvis will just have to wait)."

The 53-year-old from west Belfast cancelled a number of gigs in May due to his ill-health. He had been due to perform at a festival in Co Mayo on Saturday, May 7, but instead of singing, he had to be taken to hospital. Following tests, he said he had tumours in his pancreas and his bowel.

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