VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian, who underwent liver transplant surgery last month, has returned to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to receive treatment for post-surgical complications, including infection and bile leaks. According to his wife Dana, the thrash metal vocalist was admitted on Friday and is undergoing “lots and lots” of diagnostic tests, with various issues being treated as they are discovered. “The worst is watching him suffer and not being able to help,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Physically, he is wasting away. The pain has been unbearable and difficult to manage. He’s so very malnourished and weak.”
Dana went on to say that Sean was “taken to surgery” earlier today, where surgeons will “re-open his incision, flush out the bile in his abdomen and make all necessary repairs.” She added: “Praying this surgery will be the final, once-and-for-all solution so he can begin the healing process again and not have any more setbacks. More than likely, he’ll be back in the ICU. The plan moving forward depends on what they discover.”
Sean‘s brother-in-law Kevin Rivero served as a liver donor for last month’s transplant surgery.
Last year, Killian was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis, which was caused in part by a genetic condition called hemochromatosis.
The final stage of cirrhosis of liver is considered as the most dreaded phase of the condition. If the patient is diagnosed during this stage, the life expectancy of the sufferer — without a liver transplant — is said to be one year to three years.
This past January, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN and VIO-LENCE members performed at a benefit concert for Killian at The Midway in San Francisco, California.
“Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence” saw the musicians play only VIO-LENCE material spanning the band’s entire catalog of songs written from 1985 through 1992. They were joined by other heavy hitters from DEATH ANGEL, KAOS, ILL NINO, FANG, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, VALOR & VENGEANCE, I AM MORBID, PSYCHOSOMATIC, D.R.I., ANNIHILATION, MERCENARY and SACRILEGE B.C.
“Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence” concluded with a performance of the VIO-LENCE classic “World In A World” featuring four-fifths of the band’s classic lineup — Robb Flynn (guitar), Phil Demmel (guitar), Perry Strickland (drums) and Dean Dell (bass), with Flynn handling lead vocals. (Killian could not perform with the other members due to his health condition). Demmel and Flynn are both now in MACHINE HEAD.
Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE‘s classic debut album, “Eternal Nightmare”, with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim’s in San Francisco.