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Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman reveals he is battling cancer

Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
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Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 79-year-old revealed that he is undergoing treatment for the disease after discovering it in the early stages.

Bill's representative said: "Bill Wyman, former member of The Rolling Stones, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Bill Wyman has been diagnosed with prostate cancer

"He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages."

Bill was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones, and acted as the group's bass player alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. The father-of-four left the band in 1993 to pursue other projects, including forming his own band Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings in 1996.

In 2015 Bill became involved in a dispute with officials over a blue plaque that paid tribute to the band at Dartford station. The inscription said that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had met there and "went on to form The Rolling Stones", a statement Bill said was "disgusting".

BillWyman Suzanne © Photo: Rex

Bill and his wife Suzanne attended Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall's wedding on Saturday

Bill insisted that it was in fact the late Brian Jones who had formed the group, and explained why he wasn't happy with the commemorative plaque during an interview with Radio 5 Live. "It should be to Brian Jones. It's wrong. I don't like history re-written. Mick and Keith didn't create the Stones, they were part of it, like all of us.

"Brian wanted to form a blues band and enlisted each member one by one. He gave us the name, he chose the music and he was the leader."

The announcement about Bill's cancer battle comes just days after Bill attended the wedding of Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch with his wife Suzanne. The musician appeared in good health as he posed for photographers outside the church on London's Fleet Street.

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