RIGOR MORTIS and WARBEAST vocalist Bruce Corbitt is receiving hospice care after his esophageal cancer has spread throughout his body.
Hospice care is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill. It does not focus on a cure but rather on lessening the burdens associated with a terminal illness.
The singer offered an update on his condition earlier today (Friday, January 11) in a 10-minute Facebook Live video.
“Here I am, man — still fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting,” he said. “I’m never gonna stop fighting. You all know that about me. It’s just tough to even use those words: hospice. I never thought I would get to that point.”
Corbitt began his fight against esophageal cancer in May 2017. He went through extreme radiation and chemotherapy treatment before they could attempt surgery. Just when everyone thought Bruce would surely be out of the woods, his first doctor’s visit in 2018 brought him the horrible news that the cancer was still there and that it was at Stage 4. He was given two months to two years to live but was told that he would be lucky to make it a year. Due to issues with insurance companies not wanting to approve a second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston, Bruce was forced to use a second opinion in Dallas. His hopes were raised when he was told there was a trial that he could be part of and that there were great results from this trial. A week after signing all the paperwork for the trial treatment, Bruce received a phone call advising him that, unfortunately, his cancer was one that was not treatable with the trial treatment. Bruce was upset, but he didn’t let that stop him from fighting.
Bruce‘s wife, Jeanna Corbitt, said last March: “I can’t even imagine my world without my husband in it. We both feel so cheated out of our future together at this point. We try to make the best of every moment we have together, even when he feels terrible. He’s such a brave and tough man… MY Superhero!”
The 56-year-old thrash Corbitt, who has survived a stabbing and a heart attack, told Billboardlast August that he had “a 2.8 percent chance of living five years. So what am I going to do, sit around and cry about it or be that 2.8 percent?” he asked rhetorically.
Bruce‘s medical bills from 2017 alone totaled over $1 million in charges.
All three of WARBEAST‘s albums were released through Philip Anselmo‘s label, Housecore Records. The PANTERA frontman was even the best man at Corbitt‘s wedding when he and Jeanna were married in 2012. “I’ve seen his world crash down around him when he was young. I’ve always felt there is no fucking way I could let him down as a friend and business partner,” Anselmo told Billboard. “Bruce is my big brother, and that’s how we roll. His family is my family, and vice versa, yet again.”