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Bap Kennedy: Surgeons can do ‘nothing to remove the cancer'

Belfast singer Bap Kennedy says surgeons can do 'nothing to remove the cancer' he is battling. Picture by Hugh Russell

BELFAST singer Bap Kennedy has revealed surgeons can do "nothing to remove the cancer" he is battling.

In an online blog, the musician (53) said he is now facing "the worst case scenario" after receiving the "very bad news".

Kennedy, the former Energy Orchard frontman, revealed he was suffering from cancer in May and began an online blog to keep fans up-to-date on his progress after being overwhelmed by messages of support.

The singer/ songwriter from west Belfast underwent major surgery after a series of tests revealed he has cancer in his pancreas and bowel.

But in his latest post, he revealed surgeons have told him the cancer cannot be removed.

"Once they opened me up the surgeons found that they could do nothing to remove the cancer, and they discovered some more," he said.

"Very bad news for me, and really the worst case scenario.

"I want to use my time to fix the things I can and put as much love as I can into the world before the boatman rows me across the big river. I'm not afraid."

Kennedy thanked friends and fans who have supported him through his cancer battle.

"There's so much trouble in the world, yet all I've had directed at me lately has been love and kindness," he said.

"I've never felt so loved and appreciated.

"I think my heart is going to burst. Old friends have come to see me in hospital and we all want to make music together again.

"People from everywhere have been telling me how much my music means to them. I didn't know. I didn't know how many people have been touched by my songs.

"It's breaking my heart to find out now when I have so little time to do anything about it - but I am also very happy to feel the achievement.

"It's what I always wanted. Not money. Not fame. I always wanted people to feel what I feel. The magic of music."

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