EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike Williams has undergone successful liver-transplant surgery, less than a month after a crowdfunding effort raised nearly $70,000 for the operation.
Mike's wife, Michelle Maher-Williams, shared the good news via Facebook, saying that a donor match for her husband was found on Wednesday, with the actual surgery taking place just hours later.
She wrote late last night: "Everything went well. New liver is functioning and making bile. They're taking him to ICU now and I can see him in about an hour."
Mike was first told that his liver was failing in December 2014 while he was on tour with his CORRECTIONS HOUSE project. His health improved in the following twelve months, but he suffered setbacks in 2015 and earlier this year.
Williams's tales of drug abuse, excess and struggles with the authorities have been well publicized over the years. The longtime New Orleans resident was arrested after Hurricane Katrina for drug possession, detoxed from heroin in prison and lived for a short time on former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo's property. Williams, who worked as an associate editor for Metal Maniacs in the 1990s and has written for numerous underground music magazines, published his first book, "Cancer As A Social Activity: Affirmations Of World's End", in 2005.
Williams was forced to miss more than a dozen EYEHATEGOD shows this past summer and fall due to his health issues. He was temporarily replaced by Anselmo for two dates in August and LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe for eleven gigs in October.
This morning we got the call we'd been waiting for.....They found a donor match for Michael!!! After waiting all day to...
Posted by Michelle Maher-Williams on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Surgeon just came out to talk to me - it's over! Everything went well. New liver is functioning and making bile. They're taking him to ICU now and I can see him in about an hour. ❤️🙏🏻😘
Posted by Michelle Maher-Williams on Thursday, December 15, 2016