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Rocker Doc Neeson loses brain cancer battle

6/18/2014

The Angels frontman Doc Neeson has died at the age of 67. The rocker, real name Bernard Neeson, passed away on Wednesday (04Jun14), 17 months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. He had been undergoing chemotherapy. In a post on Facebook.com, The Angels drummer Buzz Bidstrup writes, "It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Bernard 'Doc' Neeson today. He left this world early this morning and I join music lovers everywhere in mourning this great man." His sons add in a statement, "We love you Dad. You couldn't have made any of your sons more proud of you if you tried." Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1947, Neeson emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 13. After a brief stint in the army, he got into music, performing with Moonshine Jug and String Band with Rick and John Brewster. They went on to call themselves The Angels, with Neeson as the lead singer, and they had hits across four decades with songs including Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Take a Long Line and Caught In The Night. Neeson walked away from the group in 1999 after he was badly injured in a car accident, but the group reunited in 2008. They scrapped all their planned performances after Neeson was diagnosed with the brain tumour in 2012.

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