Published Apr 28, 2010Long-time Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist and musical director Garry Shider has been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, leading the musician to seek donations to help pay for his costly treatment.
Shider, 56, suffered stroke-like symptoms in late March and was hospitalized at the Washington Hospital Centre is Washington, DC, The Stranger reports. He has since been slated to undergo radiation treatment.
A staple of the Parliament-Funkadelic ranks, Shider was admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside the band's 15 other members. Shider also figured prominently in P-Funk leader George Clinton's solo work throughout the years, as well as the touring and recording efforts of the P-Funk All-Stars.
Shider, who would often come onstage in a diaper (earning him the moniker "Diaper Man") co-wrote funk classics such as "Nappy Dugout," "Atomic Dog," "Cosmic Slop" and many others.
An outpouring of support has been posted at Shider's MySpace page and donations to the Garry Shider Medical Fund can be made here.