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Riot's Mark Reale Admitted To Hospital For Crohn's Disease

Riot founder/guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to the hospital due to complications of Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines.

The band posted the following on its official website: "Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman.

"Mark has been battling Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility.

"The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark's creative direction while he was unable to perform.

"For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the shows will go on.

"We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark's speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark's family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage.

"Many thanks and Shine On!
Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don"

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1. Rex_84 writes:

Man, that's too bad. I've been through and still go through what he has experienced. Being a musician he probably doesn't have health insurance, so when flair ups (intestinal swelling) occurs, he probably stays at home and battles it. I went through that for five years. Now, I go to the hospital and get morphine, although I can't use Prednisone, which assuages the swelling. If he's in that bad of shape, he'll probably have to get a bowel resection.

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2. Nightwolf writes:

Sorry to hear hope you have a full,and speedy recovery Mark! That's good the rest of the members of Riot are still going to go on with their scheduled shows,and not have to cancel them. World class musicians.

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3. Hans writes:

Fans of riot Mark is not doing well.He is now on life support as reported from his father Tony reale.He is flying down to San Antonio texas to see mark. Pease everyone pray for his recovery because this does not look good and he needs as much support as possible. Thanks

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4. HMR writes:

Without Reale the Riot shows should be cancelled.Would rather wait , or not see Riot live ever again,then see them without Mark Reale. It's like Sabbath without Iommi--bullsh**

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5. Cynic writes:

Terrible news, health problems like these are so unfair. I really hope he makes a full recovery, "Immortal Soul" is such a great album he deserves to tour and get the praise for it.

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