Daevid Allen, Frontman of Psychedelic Rock Groups Gong and Soft Machine, has Six Months to Live, Issues Emotional Statement

By Jaime Prisco on Feb 06, 2015 02:31 PM EST
Daevid Allen Daevid Allen of Gong has announced he only has six months to live. (Photo : Getty Images)

Daevid Allen, frontman of the psychedelic rock groups Gong and Soft Machine, has issued a statement saying that he has cancer and only has six months to live.

After undergoing an intense round of radiotherapy last year, Allen was given a clean bill of health, however, it seems that the cancer has returned and spread to his lungs. He seems to have come to terms with the diagnosis and will not be pursuing further treatment.

The statement says:

Hello you Kookaburras,

OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists, ) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck.
The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigour while also spreading to my lung.
The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.
So My view has Changed:
I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.
I am a great believer in “The Will of the Way Things Are” and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.
I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.
I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time.
So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love and Now, importantly, Thank you for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up – this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me.

I love you and will be with you always
- Daevid xxx -

Allen was born in Australia and was a founding member of Soft Machine in 1966. He was forced to leave the band after being refused entry to the UK because of an expired visa. He remained in Paris and formed the progressive experimental group, Gong. We wish the best for Allen and his family during this difficult time.

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