Duran Duran’s longtime guitarist Andy Taylor was absent from the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday after announcing that he has stage four metastatic prostate cancer.
In a letter Simon Le Bon read during Duran Duran’s introductory speech, Taylor explained that he was diagnosed “just over four years ago.”
“I have the Rodgers and Edwards of doctors and medical treatments that, until recently, allowed me to just keep rocking,” he wrote. “Although my current condition is not immediately life threatening, there is no cure. Recently I was doing well after a very sophisticated life-prolonging treatment, that was until about a week ago when I suffered a setback and despite the extraordinary efforts of my team I had to honestly say that both physically and mentally I was going to my limits exceed.”
“I’m really sorry and very disappointed that I didn’t make it,” Taylor added. “No doubt I was blown away by the whole thing and even bought a new guitar with the whammy to match!”
“I am so proud of these four brothers; I am amazed at their longevity and overjoyed to accept this award. I often doubted that the day would come. Damn glad I’m here to see the day.”
Taylor was a two-time member of Duran Duran, first from 1980 to 1986 and then from 2001 to 2006. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow members Le Bon, Warren Cuccurullo, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor. Robert Downey Jr. was there to introduce the band.