Former UFO and WAYSTED bassist Pete Way suffered a heart attack and is currently in hospital being treated by cardiologists.
His wife, Jenny Way, said in a statement: “My husband Pete Way has collapsed after a short business trip to Germany and is currently in hospital. He has had a heart attack and a blood clot has been found on his lung. Needless to say, I am in bits, but Pete is fighting like he always does. We are NOT going to lose another one. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
In 2014, Way was given the all-clear after a battle with prostate cancer with which he was diagnosed the previous year.
Way was diagnosed during a routine check on his liver, which had been damaged over the years through hepatitis. The abdominal scan picked up the tumor on his prostate.
“I thought the blood in my pee must have been linked to the drugs I had taken down the years,” he said in 2014. “When they said I had cancer, I thought I was going to die. Then when they told me it was gone, it was a strange anticlimax — now I can’t use the cancer as an excuse for having a sore head.”
Pete‘s new solo album, “Walking On The Edge”, is tentatively due later in the year. It was mixed by producer/engineer Mike Clink, who has previously worked with GUNS N’ ROSES and METALLICA.
In a 2014 interview with Myglobalmind, Way spoke about his well-publicized struggle with addiction and how it affected the making of his new CD. He said: “Put it like this: I wouldn’t be thinking about sticking a needle in my arm at the moment, or later or when ever. That’s something that has been and gone. When you have gone that far, you get to the point where you know there is no return.
“I decided that I wanted to be a musician and I wanted to go back to my roots. I still continue to write, but, unfortunately, there came a time where just when we were about to finish it off when, bang, you get told that you can’t really work for about nine months. We have been making up for it by being in the studios as much as possible.”
Way co-founded UFO in London in 1969, but left in 1982, after which he played bass with OZZY OSBOURNE. Way rejoined UFO in 1988 and remained with the band through 2008.