In 2019, Dave Mustaine received terrible news: doctors said that he had throat cancer. He was 57 years old at the time, per the Guardian. While this update was undoubtedly grim, the musician said that he was going to follow a treatment plan that had a high success rate. Inevitably, this took a toll on Megadeth and the band ended up backing out of most work commitments as Mustaine focused on getting better.
After undergoing treatment, the musician said in a conversation with Rolling Stone that his family stood by him through everything. He expressed gratitude for the support that he received from his peers and fans after they heard about his diagnosis. For some reason, he really didn’t see that coming. He said, “I’m really grateful for everybody. Even the people who have a hard time with my behavior and my big mouth, I’m just so grateful for them showing care for me.”
He also didn’t hesitate to admit that when he was first told about his illness, he thought he wouldn’t make it because he wasn’t sure how severe it was. However, he thought about his fans and those who were rooting for him and said to himself that he would beat the disease. He stayed true to his word and managed to overcome the illness. Per Louder Sound, the musician was confident about his health by the time his doctors gave him the update. “I had faith that I was going to be healed,” he said.