Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus says he has cancer: ‘It sucks and I’m scared’

Close up of Mark Hoppus wearing black, thick-rimmed glasses.
Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 attends the iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One at The Forum on January 18, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Mark Hoppus, a singer and bassist for Blink-182, said Wednesday he has cancer.
  • Hoppus said he is “scared” but that he is “trying to remain hopeful and positive.”
  • Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge shared their well wishes for Hoppus.
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Mark Hoppus, who sings and plays bass in Blink-182, said Wednesday that he has cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past three months.

“I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive,” Hoppus said in a statement shared to Twitter.

“Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all,” he added.

Hoppus, 49, did not say what kind of cancer he has. A representative for Blink-182 did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for more information.

Travis Barker, who plays drums in Blink-182, said in a statement to E! News: “Mark is my brother and I love and support him. I will be with him every step of the way on stage and off and can’t wait for us to play together again soon.” Representatives for Barker did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Tom DeLonge, a former singer and guitarist for Blink-182, also expressed support for Hoppus, with whom he founded the band in 1992.

“I too, have been aware of @markhoppus’s cancer diagnosis for awhile now. And to add to his own words that he used today, I would also like to say that he is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart,” DeLonge, who currently performs with the band Angels & Airwaves, said in a tweet.