Friday (August 21), Jericho paid homage to Banal in one Instagram post, writing: “Sorry to hear of the passing of #FrankieBanali, one of the greatest rock drummers of the 80s with @quietriotband & #WASP. I had the pleasure of having him with his former bandmate and my brother @ sarzo.rudy on #TalkIsJericho about 5 years ago… he was a great guest and an amazing storyteller. Frankie and say hello to Kevin & Excited for us…. ”
Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and six months to live. He fought a courageous and inspiring 16 month battle to the end, and continued to play live for as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made it impossible to continue a clinical trial. He finally lost the fight at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter. He was 68 years old.
Banal was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after going to the emergency room with shortness of breath, leg pain and loss of energy. A scan of his lungs captured an image of his liver, where the first spots were seen. Then came the discovery of a tumor on his pancreas.
He had been in treatment since the spring of last year and recently completed his 21st round of chemotherapy in hopes of reducing or controlling the cancer.
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