Bassist, singer, songwriter, record producer Mark Hoppus confirmed this Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with cancer. He is having chemotherapy and he has “months of treatment” ahead of him.
Mark formed Blink–182 with Tom DeLonge (now of ANGELS & AIRWAVES) and Scott Rayner a little over 25 years ago. Drummer Travis Barker replaced Raynor and in 1999 the band released their landmark pop punk hit album Enema of the State.
[UPDATE, June 29th] Mark has shared an update on his condition, reassuring fans that he’s doing well.
Hoppus posted updates to his Twitch profile, explaining that his diagnosis has limited his ability to go outside during the pandemic.
“How am I feeling today? I feel much better than yesterday. Yesterday was hellish for me and I woke up today feeling better — I went for a walk, and I had a decent breakfast, and I haven’t felt like I was going to throw up today, so we’ll take it as a win.
“On good days, I go do stuff. I went on a walk outside today and it was the first time I’d left my house in like… five days pretty much. But this round of chemo I wasn’t totally stuck on the couch, miserable. I’ve actually watched movies and walked around and cleaned the house and hung out with my dogs.”
“I didn’t just feel like a poisoned electrified zombie leaning up against an electric fence like I did the rest, the past couple of rounds.”
“I wanted to go to the Dodgers last night — I can’t. I want to go hang out with friends and go to a restaurant — I can’t. My white blood cell count is way too low for me to go out so I am stuck trying to get better. That’s alright, I’ll take it.”
“I appreciate all the well wishes I can get.”
June 25th, 2021:
Tom DeLonge commented: “He is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart.”
Mark revealed the sad new via his Twitter, saying: “For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the hopefully near future. Love to you all.”
— ϻ𝔞Ⓡ𝔨 𝐇𝑜Ƥ𝐩ย𝓼 (@markhoppus) June 23, 2021
I too, have been aware of @markhoppus’s cancer diagnosis for awhile now. And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart. 👊🏼#WeHaveHisBack
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) June 24, 2021