VENOMIN JAMES rocker JARED KOSTON has lost his battle with cancer.
The 40-year-old drummer passed away in Madison, Ohio on Tuesday (01Jun10).
The rocker had been suffering from an advanced form of melanoma and two brain tumours for several months. His condition deteriorated rapidly last week and he was admitted to Cleveland, Ohio's University Hospital on Friday (28May10).
A statement from Koston's wife Michele reads, "I want to thank everyone that has helped him with this fight. The fight is over and now he does not have to worry about all the pain it has brought him.
"I will never understand why my soulmate, my best friend, my husband, my lover, and the father of our two great kids is not with me. This is so hard to know that when I go to sleep in bed he will not be there. He should never have got cancer. He would still be here with me."
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