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Timothy B. Schmit Beats Cancer, Earns Clean Bill of Health

Timothy B. Schmit
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Not that there’s ever really been a bad time to be a member of the Eagles, all things considered, but this is shaping up to be a pretty good month for the guys in the band — especially bassist Timothy B. Schmit, who recently shared the news that his battle with cancer appears to be over.

We learned of Schmit’s cancer diagnosis last month, when his assistant told a fan site that he’d undergone surgery for throat and neck cancer following the band’s show on Nov. 12, 2012. Fortunately, that seemed to take care of the problem — as his assistant put it, “He does not need to have chemo or radiation. Now he just has to keep an eye on things every month for about a year to be sure it stays away, and then not so often.”

Last week, Schmit followed up with an update of his own at his official website, calling himself “way past due in expressing my sincere gratitude for the outpouring of get well wishes I’ve received.”

Of course, he’s been a little distracted with what he called his “disheartening” health problems; fortunately, after a three-night hospital stay, he was back on his feet and on the mend. “My voice is coming along nicely, and as many of you know, I was able to perform with the Eagles just before the new year,” Schmit pointed out. “So … All is good. The brief synopsis is: I discovered a problem and took care of it; simple as that.”

In fact, he’s already looking toward the future. “I love my work, and plan on doing it for as long as possible,” Schmit assured fans. “I’m chipping away at a new solo album, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear of more Eagles action in the near future.”

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