Seemingly not content with just overcoming a gnarly cancer diagnosis, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has added to his general badarse-ery by earning his purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
At the ripe age of 59-years-old, Mustaine achieved the prestigious belt last week (January 14th, 2021) at Gracie Barra training location in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
His instructor, Reginaldo Almeida, who is a third-degree jiu-jitsu black belt posted of the rockers accomplishment on Facebook.
“After 2 years as a blue belt and hard training and lots of ups and downs today I had the honor to promote Mr @davemustaine to his well deserved purple belt ! Congratulations kid !!!” He wrote.
After 2 years as a blue belt and hard training and lots of ups and downs today I had the honor to promote Mr @…
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“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun
“I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more,” he wrote.
Less than a year later, on January 31st, 2020, Dave Mustaine shared that he is “100 percent” cancer-free to a packed stadium during a live concert for Megadeth.
“It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments and when it was all said and done, every day I would think, ‘I can’t face not playing again,’ so I would pray,” he told fans.
“I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in ‘Peace Sells’. I pray every day. I say that in the song. I’ve said it since the second record.
“But I thought about you guys every day, too. And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. And I just kept thinking about it. And on October 16, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100% free of cancer.'”