Green Day guitarist White diagnosed with tonsil cancer

Mon Dec 8, 2014 3:28pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Green Day guitarist Jason White has been diagnosed with a form of tonsil cancer that is treatable, the rock group said on Monday.

Doctors found the cancer while White underwent a tonsillectomy, the band said in a statement posted on its website.

White, 41, is expected to make a full recovery, Green Day said.

The guitarist has played with Green Day since the late 1990s but did not become a full member until 2012.

The band, known for its 2004 "American Idiot" album, is fronted by guitarist-singer Billie Joe Armstrong. It found mainstream success as a punk rock trio with its 1994 album "Dookie," which had several MTV and radio hits including "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around."

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Matthew Lewis)

 
Green Day guitarist Jason White performs with singer Billie Jo Armstrong (L) during the 2012 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction cermony in Cleveland, April 14, 2012.  
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