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- Posted on Jan 17th 2011 5:50AM by Julian Marszalek
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Writing on his blog, Rodgers said, "On Oct. 27, 2010, I found out I had aggressive cancer. In an instant, everything in my happy-music universe imploded. It was like 'Jaws' was savagely eating me from the inside out."
He continued, "My biopsy showed that I had to make some important decisions ... fast. After consulting with numerous doctors, I decided to have radical surgery to try and remove the cancer in its entirety.
"I told only a handful of people because I didn't want to worry anyone, especially, my family around the holidays. I did everything as usual -- as best I could -- until one day I couldn't. My hand had sudden muscle loss and a number of stressful events followed.
"I've just returned home from the hospital and want to explain my recent disappearance to everybody and share my appreciation of life, music and people."
Rodgers is one of the most pivotal figures in the history of music. His work with Chic altered the course of popular music and the group's smash, 'Good Times' formed the basis of the seminal hip-hop track, 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugarhill Gang. The 1980s proved to be Rodgers' most successful period. Along with partner Bernard Edwards, Rodgers penned material for Diana Ross while is solo production work included David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and Duran Duran's 'The Reflex.'