Reg Presley, the 70-year-old lead singer of [mp3com-artist]The Troggs[/mp3com-artist], has announced that he is undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer and he is retiring from the band. Presley suffered a stroke in 2010 and according to Spinner is believed to have had another stroke in 2011. His hospitalization led to the discovery of the cancer.
His letter was posted on My-generation.org.uk/Troggs:
“As you all know I was taken ill whilst doing a gig in Germany in December. During my stay in hospital tests showed that in fact I have lung cancer. I am receiving chemotherapy treatment and at the moment not feeling too bad.
However I’ve had to call time on The Troggs and retire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the cards and calls and for your love, loyalty and support over the years.
A big thank you to Jackie for running the fan club and keeping you all up to speed, and a huge and special thank you to Chris, Pete and Dave.
I shall miss you all.”
Spinner reports fans are welcome to send cards to Presley via the Troggs’ fan-club secretary Jacqueline Ryan at 56 Waite Davies Rd., London SE12 OND.