The exit of now former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile at the end of 2016 is well-documented online, as is the singer’s ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, which ultimately lead to him stepping down from the metalcore outfit not long after the release of their forth full-length record, ‘Cold World’.
For those who are unaware, Marfan syndrome is a chronic genetic disorder of the connective tissue. Sadly, due to the nature of the disorder, Carlile has suffered with this affliction for a large amount of his life.
Since leaving Of Mice & Men, it appears his health has deteriorated much more rapidly and his treatments have increased, with him most recently undergoing two spinal surgical procedures last week. You can read more about this over on Rock Feed (here).
Today, Carlile made his first public appearance since he left the band in December, and, now needing the help of crutch to walk, attended the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute in Portland, Oregon with The Marfan Foundation where he gave a very touching speech.
Many times during the speech, Carlile has to take a few moments to collect himself due to the overbearing emotion of the situation, during which he talks about his first experiences with the disorder, his mother’s passing, why he chose a career in rock music, and why he ultimately had to give it up as a result of Marfan syndrome.
You can watch the emotional speech in full below:
We here at DEAD PRESS! wish Austin Carlile the best of luck with his ongoing treatment and surgery in his brave ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, and a speedy recovery to better health.