Drummer dies from pancreatic cancer
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 68. Banali passed away Thursday night (Aug 20th) in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with stage IV in April 2019. He was given only six months to live at the time, but put up a courageous 16 month battle.
Banali went public with his diagnosis last October on social media. He wrote that the cancer treatment caused him to miss several live shows with the band. In early June, Banali spoke with SirisXM’s Eddie Trunk about his battle.
“I’m still fighting the good fight. I’m still doing the chemotherapy. I switched to a different chemotherapy a few months ago. And the side effects on this one are pretty brutal, and they pretty much last into the next round of chemo. So you kind of don’t get a break for about three weeks, and then you get about maybe ten days off, and then the cycle starts again. But it’s part of what I’m doing,” he shared.
Trunk dedicated his Friday episode of Trunk Nation on SiriusXM to Banali where he and artists and fans shared stories about the drummer.
Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.
Per usual, the rock and drumming world took to social media to express their thoughts on Banali’s passing.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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