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Behemoth’s Nergal Released From the Hospital

Maciej Boryna and Grupa13

Noisecreep is thrilled to report that Behemoth frontman Nergal has been released from the hospital. He has been battling aggressive leukemia in his native Poland, which has forced him to cancel tour plans and has sidelined him for several months. The singer underwent a bone marrow transplant a month ago and has now left the hematology department of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne in Gdansk as of Jan. 17.

Nergal is not 100 percent out of the woods yet, though. He’ll now enter a period of recovery which will last for several months. The singer will spend this time in his flat, working on regaining his strength and getting back to normal.

“Hey! What’s up! At last — one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty f—in’ good condition,” Nergal said in a statement. “I’m feeling OK, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments, too …

“At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents — thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can’t forget Doda’s fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there — my deepest respect! Thank you — the real heroes.

“Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Hołowiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My bandmates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart.

“Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage — which approaches imminently (laughs.) First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition … apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven’t been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!”

The metal world anxiously awaits Nergal’s return to the stage, happily blackening our world with Behemoth’s metallic bluster.

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