Is Sam Finder Sick? Does He Have Cancer?

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Samuel Thomas Fender is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born on 25th April 1994 in North Shields, England. He has been making music since he was 14 and mostly sings rock. 

He released his debut EP, Dead Boys, in 2018. In 2019, he released his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number one. 

He released his second album, Seventeen Going Under, in 2021, and it also topped the UK Albums Chart. In 2022, Sam received the BRIT Award for Best British Alternative/Rock Act and the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Sam Fender suffers from an unidentified disease and mental health complications, but he doesn’t have cancer. 

Sam Fender suffered from a mysterious disease that could have killed him

When Sam Fender was 20, he suffered from a fatal illness that could have killed him. He, however, does not like to talk about it. Fender only mentioned the challenging period but did not get into details about the experience. 

He stated, “Look, I’m not going to capitalize on what happened, because there’s a guilt in being a survivor. I just know that I’m lucky that I’m still here, that I’m still alive, and that I’ve got good prospects. There are people who’ve gone through a hell of a lot worse.” 

Fender revealed that he made an unexpected recovery and lives a very everyday life, although he undergoes regular testing and takes medication. 

He also had to postpone his shows twice between December 2019 and February 2020, as well as in August 2022, due to a respiratory tract infection and laryngitis, respectively. 

He addressed his fans by saying“I’m gutted to have to do this again. I’ve had an absolute shocker with my health. It’s been a series of unfortunate events this last month with chest infections, laryngitis, and a family bereavement, and now I’ve come down again with tonsillitis.” 

I’m raging, all I want to do is get back out and sing, but I just can’t. I know this is massively inconvenient, I can’t apologize enough, I’m so sorry. My immune system is totally **** at the moment, I’m doing everything I can to combat that. 

“The only thing I can do is tear the ******* roof off when we reschedule again. It’s a big year ahead, mental things are coming, I just need a bit more time to heal. Thanks to you all for sticking by me, I couldn’t ask for better fans. Love you all. Sam x.” 

Fender took a break from music after suffering a vocal cord hemorrhage

During an episode of the Hide and Speak podcast hosted by North-East musician Matt Saxon, Sam revealed that he suffered from a vocal cord hemorrhage during his performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough in 2019. 

He described the pain as someone stabbing him in the throat. During the doctor’s visit, he feared that his music career was over after seeing the damage his vocal cord had sustained. He had suffered a hemorrhage and a polyp on his vocal cords.

Luckily for him, the damage was not permanent, and he did not require surgery to repair the damage. Part of his recovery was that he was forced not to speak for an entire month. After a month, his voice came back but was weak. It took him half a year and a lot of rehabilitation to completely recover.

Fender’s mental health issues stem from a difficult childhood

In addition, he has also had mental health issues that arose from his rough childhood. Fender mentioned feeling helpless after his mother, who worked as a nurse for the NHS, was forced out of work after she developed fibromyalgia

Sam also had friends who had died from suicide which also took a heavy mental toll on him. He shares that he wanted to turn to drugs to help with the situation but instead focused on music as his outlet. 

Fender attributed the fact that he had ADHD as a positive thing. He described it as a superpower since it helped him be hyper-focused on his music.

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