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Subject: HealthWatch - Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson reveals 'incurable lung disease' diagnosis

'My days are numbered'
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Date Posted: Sunday, May 17, 04:46:16pm


Ian Anderson revealed he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD), a disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs,
making it difficult to breathe.

In an interview with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview" Wednesday, the
Jethro Tull frontman discussed his health struggles.

"I'm going to tell you something I've never told anybody in public
before," he said. "I'm suffering from an incurable lung disease with
which I was diagnosed a couple of years back."

He continued, "I do struggle. I have what are called exacerbation
periods where I get an infection and it turns into severe bronchitis and
I have maybe two or three weeks of (it being) really a tough job to go
onstage and play.

He said that he is on medication and has gone 18 months without an
exacerbation, adding that he does "OK" if he stays in a "reasonably
pollution-free environment in terms of air quality."

"But... my days are numbered," he added calmly. "It's not yet at the
point that (it) affects my day-to-day life... so it's not got that bad
yet, but I'm 72."

Jethro Tull, which formed in 1967 and made a signature twist of hard
rock and folk, are known for hits "Locomotave Breath," "Aqualung" and
"Living in the Past."

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