NewsDecember 31, 2016 12:35 PM ET8,242 views

Of Mice & Men issue statement on frontman's exit

Of Mice & Men has put forth the following statement regarding the departure of frontman Austin Carlile:
"It's with heavy hearts that we announce Austin's departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health. As many of you are aware, Austin suffers from a rare connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome and has been struggling with the physical demands of touring since the band began. "After his most recent series of surgeries at Stanford University Hospital, following the cancellation of our European headlining tour, his team of doctors informed him of the damage that performing, and more specifically his aggressive vocals, have been causing his body. They warned that if he were to continue on doing so, it would cause permanent and irrevocable damage to his spine and nervous system. "Following the advice from his team of specialists, Austin decided it best that he step away from the band and change his lifestyle to better his health. Though we're heartbroken that he can no longer continue, his health has always been of utmost importance to us and we support him now in this decision and are proud of his perseverance over the years. "We've had an amazing and unforgettable past few years making music and touring the world together and the 4 of us look forward to sharing the next chapter of the band's story with you. All previously announced shows will proceed as planned and we thank you for your continued love and support. We couldn't do this without all of you! See you real soon."

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