Rod Stewart Tells How MS
Wrecked Bandmate's Life
Scotland on Sunday; Edinburgh (UK); May 13, 2001
ROCK legend Rod Stewart has spoken out about
the impact on his life of Multiple Sclerosis, the disease which killed
friend and former bandmate Ronnie Lane.
Lane, bass player alongside Stewart in the
legendary British band The Faces, died in 1997 after a 20-year struggle
against the disease.
Stewart, whose sister Peggy also died from
MS, said: "It was heartbreaking. We mourned but we knew it was going to
come. You don't escape that illness."
Stewart and Ronnie Wood, the Rolling Stone
and former member of The Faces, paid for Lane's treatment as he succumbed to
"We all chipped in a fair bit towards
keeping the last years of Ronnie's life as comfortable and as happy as we
could," Stewart said.
Wood added: "Obviously you take care of
someone if they are ill. If they're hurting for money and you've got some
then you help."
In 1986, the members of The Faces reunited to
play a concert to raise money for people with MS.
In 1986 Stewart organised a farewell concert
for Lane at Wembley at which he appeared on stage in a wheelchair. He was 51
when he died.
Stewart's comments, made in a BBC
documentary, come weeks after the author JK Rowling spoke out for the first
time about her mother's death from MS.
Writing for Scotland on Sunday, the author
spoke of her bitterness at the lack of care and treatment available for
people with MS from the NHS - issues reinforced by this paper's campaign for
awareness of the disease, continuing this week.