A singer in a pioneering US punk band has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Exene Cervenka, an original member and co-lead vocalist of Los Angeles group X, revealed her situation in a statement to the press.
She said: "After some months of not feeling 100 per cent healthy, I recently had some medical tests run and the prognosis is that I am suffering from multiple sclerosis.
"Apparently, it has been affecting me for quite some time."
However, there is an ironic twist as the band are embarking on their X on TRL tour, a set of gigs raising money for the Sweet Relief fund - a charity established by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams, who was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992.
The band has been following the cause since the mid-90s and will continue to fight for the fund, which aims to aid uninsured musicians around the world.
X was formed in 1977 and have released 12 albums, with the group regularly cited as a major influence for artists around the world from genres including punk, hardcore punk and folk.
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