Government Issue's John Stabb Diagnosed with Cancer
Published Feb 09, 2016After leading early hardcore heroes Government Issue, vocalist John Stabb has sadly been diagnosed with cancer.
The news was revealed via a newly launched GoFundMe campaign, which aims to raise money to "assist in life expenses while John heals and goes through his cancer treatment." Since going live yesterday (February 8), the campaign has raised more than $10,000 USD of its projected $20,000 target.
It's explained that Stabb had been feeling nauseous late last month and went to the hospital complaining of severe pain in his stomach. He then soon underwent surgery to remove two intestinal tumours and was diagnosed with malignant stomach cancer on Saturday (February 6).
It's further explained that Stabb's partner Mina has been by his side at the hospital but is not being paid for her leave of absence from work. A friend started up the GoFundMe page to help relieve some of the financial burden.
"They will have sole access to these funds to help pay for their living expenses during this tramatic [sic] time," the page reads. "Additionally, funds will be used to assist in John's cancer treatment and healing expenses. Mina is focusing on taking care of John and when she is able to update, she will."
You can donate to the campaign here.
Stabb is most famous for being the founding vocalist of early hardcore act Government Issue, which he fronted from 1980 to 1989, and then again for a few reunion shows in the 2000s. The band also included, at various times, Minor Threat's Brian Baker on bass and future Jawbox member J. Robbins on guitar.
Stabb currently fronts a project called History Repeated, which describes themselves in a bio as "fuelled by disinterest in popular culture and frustration with an industry that doesn't care about music."