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Friday 15 December 2017

Aslan's Christy is out of hospital and on the mend

Christy Dignam leaving hospital
Christy Dignam leaving hospital
Christy Dignam

Aslan singer Christy Dignam is on the mend and has left hospital with a defiant victory sign for his fans.

Dignam (53) has been battling a rare blood cancer for two years and was rushed to hospital for urgent tests last Thursday.

But his proud daughter Kiera (29) had to issue a family statement at the weekend after rumours started to circulate that Christy had passed away.

"Thankfully rumours are not true. My da is not dead," she said.

"It's hard enough to try to cope with everything so please try to have some respect for him, and us as a family, before spreading rumours," Kiera added.

She said her children had been upset by the false reports.

"We appreciate people who care and understand that most is genuine concern but I have young kids who are worried about their grandad and an elderly grandad worried about this," said Kiera.

"Thank you all but this is not public business, this is our lives, so please give us this time," she added.

Aslan yesterday posted a photograph of Christy on social media leaving Beaumont Hospital with the message: "Thanks for all the good wishes. See you soon!"

The band was forced to cancel concerts this week after Christy became unwell.

Christy thanked his fans for their best wishes and patience.

diagnosed

It was in March 2013 that Christy was first diagnosed with the rare form of cancer when he was admitted with chest pains.

He was gravely ill but battled back to be strong enough to walk Kiera down the aisle at her wedding to fiancee Darren just three months later.

A fundraiser, which included U2 performing Aslan hit This Is live from New York, also helped raise €40,000 for Christy's specialist treatment.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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