Ex-Journey Singer Battles Cancer, Loses Girlfriend

    June 10, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Journey singer Steve Perry has just revealed that he had to have surgery to remove a cancerous mole from his face just a few months after losing the love of his life to brain cancer.

Perry says after his first date with Kellie Nash, he knew she was the one. She was a survivor, having already undergone a double mastectomy for breast cancer. They fell in love, and he got to spend a year with her before she found out the cancer had come back, and had moved to her brain.

“She continued chemo from May into December, when headaches started; cancer had gone to her brain. She started brain radiation and the chemo continued. One night she told me she just couldn’t do it any more, and would I be angry if she stopped everything? I told her that never would I ever be angry with her.”

Nash died in December, and Perry, who is notoriously private about his life, decided to write a post on Fanasylum.com about his struggle over the past five months.

“She was so strong, so courageous and we really loved each other so very much,” Steve wrote. “I’ve been trying to grieve and not run from this loss so for the last 5 months that’s what I’ve been doing along with recalling everything being in Love with Kellie taught me.”

He also revealed his own struggles with cancer and says the surgery went well.

“I’ve had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I’ve been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required,” he wrote.

  • Chris

    This is going to make him come back. He already signed with a label company which was already speculative of a return. I think this will make him at least put new material out to market. The hip though will probably prevent any touring. I hope I’m wrong on the last count.

  • Tom Allen

    Having dealt with Steve back in the 80’s in Marin County, I was not particularly fond of him. He seened obnoxious and self-absorbed. Now I realize it was just his intense craving for privacy. I must say that his vocal range and talent will always be among the top in the music industry. Don’t believe me? Go to a karaoke show and hear everyone screw it up. Sounds great, but hard to copy!!

  • http://msn lisa

    i just have to say that I LOVE STEVE PERRY, no matter what he is the best singer, I have to also say I hope the guys in Journey are reaping the benefits from the person they have singing now. NOT EVEN CLOSE. How desperate they must be to have this guy singing who can’t even pronounce all the words. I have watched him, he tries to make it like he is singing that way but he can’t pronounce all the words. They need to get Steve back if Steve will have them. Steve just has that voice, i love it. Thanks for all the great music, STEVE and the old Journey.

  • mike

    I think Lisa is entitled to her opinion however just have to say STEVE PERRY left Journey! Thought he could do better without! Never happened, with that I have to also say I hope the guys in Journey are reaping the benefits rightfully so!
    Steve just had, not has that voice, so yes thanks for all the great music, STEVE and the old Journey and the NEW JOURNEY!

  • Sherry Stevens

    AngeIve looked for a place to comment Surely opinions about what i say will come flying back not good i am positive..note i love steve too. My name is Sherry, not swafford, there with his career,life etc like most of you. Im torn. Steve is very strong also human we’ve seen him change his life is public. Journey who do you think of steve, well steve wasnt the only member he loved public.look at the talent journey is to each his own steve was a membet, fired the band then sherrie and steve sherrie is wherever hes blessed with a beautiful daughter, gramdchildten them he speaks of kellie, beautiful lady it became steve first and all about steve.because we r fans here we r, i lovedindividual them all crush on neal he had family and new girl wife im not sure,when did steve become duvh am independant individual

  • therealjanedoe

    Dear Steve, I wonder if you know or understand the joy and now memories your music has brought to lives? It’s so strange how certain songs can take you right back to someplace you never appreciated when you were there. So many Journey songs (your voice I should say) are favorites and do bring back many memories from high school and college. I saw a clip on the news this am that you had performed recently so I researched it and came upon your love story with Kellie. I doubt I’ll ever meet you, however without knowing it, you/Journey have been a part of so many happy times and beautiful memories, the least I can do is take a moment to write a note to send my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. SR

  • Kosta

    Steve, my condolences for your loss. True love is a difficult thing to find in life and I hope you are surrounded by people that truely love you, love is the most important thing to have and if you have love, you are blessed. Your music and voice are one of a kind and when I listen to you sing, it is so uplifting. “THEREALJANEDOE” below said it best when they said “it’s strange how certain songs can take you right back to someplace you never appreciated when you were there.” Your voice is amazing you truly are a rock legend. I don’t know if you will ever tour again, but I get the feeling that millions of your fans (including myself) will truly enjoy your return to the stage if that ever happens. Steve, you are a good soul and I wish you nothing but happiness and good health in life. Don’t Stop Believin! :)