I, The Breather Frontman Battling Serious Illness

Shawn Spann diagnosed with Ischemic Colitis

Spann in the hospitalSpann in the hospital

Spann in the hospital

Christian metalcore band I, The Breather have revealed their frontman, Shawn Spann, is battling serious malaise.

The illness has kept him from performing with the band — who I don’t particularly care for, but I guess has fans — at this year’s Warped Tour.

Says Spann:

“I have been diagnosed w[ith] Ischemic Colitis and possibly the beginning stages of Crohn’s Disease… Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of the large intestine is reduced due to narrowed or blocked blood vessels.

“The diminished blood flow provides insufficient oxygen for the cells in your digestive system. With that being said, My condition wasn’t caused by life choices, It is sadly something that just happens to some.

“From what I was told by my Doctor, If I eat properly and take care of my body to the likings of both conditions that this could never flare up again. I am literally fighting with everything in me to be back on Warped Tour by the 18th which is Wednesday. I will be back soon, stronger than ever.

“Also — I want to give my most sincerest thank you to Marcus Barber for filling my shoes during this time. I’m proud of you man, I heard you’re killing it. Anyway, here’s to the future… let’s do this.”

Crohn’s Disease is fucking awful, man. I feel bad for this dude, even if he fronts a less-than band.

I, The Breather have an album due out July 15 called Life Reaper.

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