Queen guitarist Brian May has told fans that he has been undergoing "urgent" tests over fears that he could have cancer.
The 66-year-old musician wrote on his website last Saturday (December 28) that his doctor organised MRI scans after he complained of "bad pains in the backside" months after having knee replacement surgery.
He added: "So around Christmas I've been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer.
"Now, on hearing the 'C' word something happens inside you … of course. I've seen so many of my dear friends fighting it … and my Dad lost his battle at age 66, exactly the age I am now.
"So over the last few days I've been in various states of unrest. But the great thing has been that the team my GP assembled to check out the possibilities has moved heaven and earth to gather all the information I need quickly over the Christmas period … not an easy time."
He update the site, brianmay.com on Monday, December 30, thanking supporters for their kind words: "I've been overwhelmed by the amazing messages you've been sending me, folks, since I wrote about my 'Health Scare'.
"It's taken me by surprise – for many reasons. I really didn't realise how much you guys were gunning for me … it's great to know that, and I can't thank you enough. It puts a smile on my face."
He added: "But I didn't realise that biting the bullet and mentioning the 'C' word would unlock such an avalanche.
"I now realise that so many of you have been wrestling with this all along, personally, or in family or friends, and, like me, found it hard to share.
"Hearing of your experiences, and courage, and hopes, and solutions, has been a massive eye-opener for me."
He added that he would have more information soon and that his specialists have been "really positive".
His website is certainly the place to go for any updates as his publicist said that he would not be making any additional statements aside from those posts.