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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus announces he has cancer, is undergoing chemo

“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,” he wrote.
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Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 performs onstage at on Jan. 18, 2020 in Inglewood, California.Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for iHeartMedia
/ Source: TODAY

Blink-182’s famous bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, 49, announced on Wednesday that he has cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past three months.

“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,” he wrote on his Instagram story and Twitter on Wednesday. “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 near future.”

Hoppus also shared a photo of himself getting treatment, writing “Yes hello. One cancer treatment please.”

News of his diagnosis shocked fans on Twitter, while friends and family of the musician sent their well wishes.

Hoppus shared a photo of himself at chemotherapy.Courtesy of Mark Hoppus / Instagram

Tom DeLonge, one of the original members of Blink-182, wrote that had been aware of Hoppus' 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,” DeLonge tweeted, adding “we have his back” as a hashtag.

Other friends, fans and family reached out as well.

Wolf Van Halen, the son of the late Eddie Van Halen replied to Hoppus on Twitter, writing, “You’ve got this, brother,” with three hearts.

“You’re on our minds, Mark,” actor B.J. Novak replied. “Your attitude is going to be magnified by so many people.”

“the news about Mark Hoppus having cancer is so so so incredibly sad and I truly hope that as the godfather of pop punk he brutally kicks its ass,” @ellkay_ posted in a now viral tweet.

Loudwire, an online magazine that covers hard rock and heavy metal music, also acknowledged Hoppus’ integral role in the pop punk world.

"Love ya, Dad,” the outlet posted.

In addition to Blink-182, Hoppus is also one half of the pop rock duo Simple Creatures with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low.

Gaskarth replied to Hoppus’ tweet about his cancer diagnosis with what appears to be a “Star Wars” joke.

“do you have a moment to talk about hyperspace tracking,” he asked with a heart emoji.

Blink-182’s drummer Travis Barker said recently that the band is likely to release a new album this year, though no word on how Hoppus’ diagnosis has impacted that timeline.