Duran Duran say Andy Taylor is fighting cancer as band enter Hall of Fame

Never forget your heroes, ever. Duran Duran have revealed their former guitarist Andy Taylor is battling prostate cancer.

The band made the sad announcement in a speech as they were admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday (Saturday).

Guitarist Andy, 61, joined the band in 1980, two years after they formed, alongside lead singer Simon Le Bon.

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Taylor, who is reportedly four years into a fight with advanced prostate cancer, was not present at the event, but said in a letter read by Le Bon: "I'm truly sorry and massively disappointed I couldn't make it," adding: "I'm sure as hell glad I'm around to see the day."

He and drummer Roger Taylor left Duran Duran before the recording of their fourth album, Notorious, in 1986, before coming back for a full reunion in 2001.

This led to a number of successful tours and the 2004 album Astronaut, which reached number three in the UK album charts.

Andy left the band again in 2006 and his successes have included joining with former Chic member Tony Thompson and Robert Palmer to form the band Power Station in 1985.

Their eponymous album reached the top 20 in the UK and the top 10 in the US, and Andy has also embarked on a solo career, recording the hit single Take It Easy, which was used as the theme song to the film American Anthem.

He also contributed to the Miami Vice II soundtrack with the song When The Rain Comes Down.

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Duran Duran, a new wave band, once dubbed the Fab Five by Rolling Stone magazine, were inducted in the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022.

The group received the most public votes, totalling 934,880 in their first-ever nomination.

They join the likes of Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Eminem in being admitted to the Hall of Fame this year.

Le Bon said: "I was blown away by the dedication and the application and the sheer determination of our fans and everybody else who voted for us, keeping us in that No 1 slot for almost the entirety of the public vote."

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