Mark Reale, guitarist for US hard-rockers Riot, is in critical condition at a San Antonio, Texas hospital due to complications from Crohn's disease.

Riot released this official statement: "Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman."

"Mark has been battling Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility."

"The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark's creative direction while he was unable to perform."

"We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark's speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark's family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage."

Band profile: Riot V
Posted: 13.01.2012 by Bad English


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Lit. - 13.01.2012 at 18:12  
That's horrible.
Best wishes of a speedy recovery to him.
Mountain King - 13.01.2012 at 18:26  
Hope he gets better soon. He's a good guitarist...
Milena - 13.01.2012 at 21:05  
Aw crap.
Hughes - 13.01.2012 at 23:23  
First Iommi now him hope they both get better soon!
LeChron James - 14.01.2012 at 00:16  
Crohn's is a bitch. Hopefully he recovers quickly and painlessly.
Boxcar Willy - 14.01.2012 at 01:44  
Get well soon!
strade - 14.01.2012 at 01:56  
This is terrible. And right after their best album in over 20 years. I really feel for him.
Mattybu - 14.01.2012 at 16:58  
Not good news. Hope he can recover.

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