Of Mice And Men frontman Austin Carlile has disclosed the reasons behind his sudden hospitalization last Saturday (June 6th), which forced the band to cancel the last two shows on its latest tour. Carlile revealed that he is suffering from a heart problem as a result of having Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body and can lead to defects in the heart’s valves and the aorta.
In a series of tweets, Carlile wrote, “Thank you for the get-well wishes, everyone. I’m transferring to Stanford University this week to be in care of my cardiologists and Marfans specialists until my health situation at hand is under control. It has been a long past few days, and the ones following will be just as much of a struggle, but I can do this. I believe that wholeheartedly. If I believe in it, so should you.”
He continued, “I’m sorry to anyone who missed the last two shows of our tour. I would have much rather been there than a hospital bed, I assure you. Love to everyone, band, family, you. I’m never giving up.”
Marfan syndrome can lead to early death if not properly managed.
This isn’t the first time Carlile has had to deal with health issues. He had to have surgery in 2010 for an enlarged aorta valve and spent some time in the hospital last year over complications stemming from a neck injury.
Even though life on the road can be grueling whether you’re healthy or not, Carlile told us he can’t imagine doing anything else:
“It’s the only thing I really enjoy doing, so you just do it. You just do it. You get through it. Have fun with it and you make the most of it. What am I gonna do, not do it? Turn around? Quit?”
Of Mice And Men has been out on the road in support of its third album, 2014’s Restoring Force, and its hit single, “Feels Like Forever.”
A double-CD, deluxe reissue of Restoring Force arrived in February and included three brand new songs along with an acoustic version of “Feels Like Forever.”
One of the new songs, “Never Giving Up,” is the group’s current single.