Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins, 51, reveals he’s been diagnosed with ALS: ‘Tough to share’
John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band took to social media with his bandmates on Friday to share grave health news.
The 51-year-old musician posted a video in which he revealed he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
‘I have tough news to share,’ the singer stated at the beginning of the clip. He was joined by his ‘brothers and sister.’
Serious announcement: John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band took to social media to reveal he’s been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease; John in Nashville, TN earlier this month
‘Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,’ he went on to explain.
‘After careful analysis by some of the country’s top neurologists, I have been diagnosed with ALS,’ he continued with a brave face.
With a hopeful tone he added, ‘Because my symptoms have been slow progressing form the start, we believe they will continue to be slow progressing going forward.
‘God willing, I plan to be rocking with these amazing people for many years to come.’
Grave diagnosis: ‘I have tough news to share,’ the singer stated at the beginning of the clip. He was joined by his ‘brothers and sister’
A bandmate standing to the right of him added, ‘The technology and research around ALS treatments has been advancing, but we still don’t have a cure.
‘Thanks so much for your prayers and helping us cure ALS,’ he concluded in the minute-long snippet.
The recording wrapped with a blue and white logo that had a graphic of the music artist’s profile along with a number to text to get additional information.
It was soundtracked by a snippet of the song Good Morning, Believers! by John, featuring Emily Saliers.
Symptoms: ‘Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,’ he went on to explain
The band wrote in the caption, ‘An important video announcement from our brother @johndriskellhopkins. Let’s Hop on a Cure for ALS, together. ‘
It was shared as a joint post between the band and the frontman and they urged followers to ‘Text HOP to 345-345 or visit hoponacure.org to make a donation and learn more.’
An Instagram page for the newly-formed Hop On A Cure initiative was tagged.
Hopeful: ‘God willing, I plan to be rocking with these amazing people for many years to come,’ he said in the snippet
ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and is described as ‘a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord,’ by als.org.
The condition causes muscles to break down over time, losing their functions in the process.
Zac Brown Band formed in 2005 and the musicians have enjoyed an illustrious career in country music over the years.
Family: Zac Brown Band formed in 2005 and has an illustrious career in country music; seen at iHeart Country Festival 2022