Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus reveals cancer fight: 'I'm scared'

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Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus has shared the devastating news he is battling cancer.

The bassist took to social media on Wednesday to reveal that he is currently undergoing chemotherapy saying, "It sucks and I’m scared."

Mark had initially alarmed fans with a photo he posted on Instagram, and then quickly deleted, of himself sitting in what appeared to be a hospital room with the caption, "Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please."

Hours later, the 49-year-old rocker put a stop to the guessing game with a text statement he shared on social media that made explicit exactly what he’s been going through, and for how long.


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He shocked fans when he posted then deleted this photo. Photo: Twitter
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Mark shared a lenghty statement online. Photo: Twitter

"For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer," he wrote.

"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.

“I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive."

He added that he feels hopeful and expects to be back on the band's tour when he’s cancer-free.

Mark, who has a teenage son with wife Skye Everly, formed Blink-182 in Southern California in 1992.

They were one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, thanks to hits including What’s My Age Again? and All The Small Things.

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Mark formed Blink-182 in Southern California in 1992. Photo: Getty
Mark Hoppus of blink-182 performs onstage
Blink-182 performs onstage at the 2020 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO. Photo: Getty

Blink-182’s radio-friendly brand of pop punk won them fans around the world and they have sold more than 50 million records.

Though he has been undergoing chemo for months already, Mark has continued to celebrate Blink-182 milestones. 

Earlier in the month, he posted about the 20th anniversary of Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

"After the overwhelming and unexpected success of Enema of the State we wanted to write a darker, harder album that pushed the boundaries of what blink-182 could do," he wrote. "I love this record. Thank you to everyone who listened to it then and continues to put it on two decades later."

After Mark shared his diagnosis, bandmate Travis Barker posted a throwback picture of the pair together and wrote "love you @markhoppus".

Fans also flooded social media with well wishes for the star.

"Stay strong," one fan said on Twitter.

"Sorry to hear this mark but you've got this!" another wrote.

Additional reporting by AP.

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