What happened to Jason Becker? Guitarist and musician was on top of the music world, but the sudden diagnosis of ALS left him unable to play the guitar. We give you all the information about Jason Becker’s career, tragic illness and major work with David Lee Roth.
Who is Jason Becker and what happened to him?
Jason Becker is a guitarist and composer who is most well known for his work on David Lee Roth’s album A Little Ain’t Enough.
He was born on 22 July 1969 in Richmond, California and is 51 years old.
At only 20 Becker became one of the leading names in rock and metal, previously working with Marty Friedman in the band Cacophony.
The promising young guitarist released his first solo album Perpetual Burn in 1988.
However, the rocker was tragically diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) after experiencing pain in his leg.
ALS is a form of motor neurone disease, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease. This means that Becker can’t move, speak or swallow, and that his condition is only going to deteriorate further.
Once a regular of the rock and metal guitar scene, Becker could no longer play the guitar and was confined to a wheelchair. His condition quickly deteriorated.
However, this illness has not stopped his love for creating music. In 2018 he released the album Perspective, on which rock stars such as Eddie Van Halen played his compositions.
Jason Becker’s net worth is estimated at around $1-5 million.
An update on Becker’s condition
Becker has been living with ALS for over 30 years, despite the doctor’s estimation that he would only live for five years after his diagnosis in 1989.
Recent information shared by his mother Pat has revealed that the singer is “in constant contact with his doctors” and is experiencing “shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate”.
His mum shared this post on his Twitter account on 5 April.
Becker previously posted in 2019 about a “7 month sickness” that was “tough” for his body. Having ALS means that regular illnesses take a larger toll on the body.
The Twitter post emphasises Jason’s gratitude to all of his fans, and asks for their strength during this difficult time. We send Jason and his family our best wishes for a swift recovery.
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