Trey Anastasio Band Keyboardist Ray Paczkowski Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

By Scott Bernstein Mar 19, 2018 7:41 am PDT

Keyboardist Ray Paczkowski has been a fixture of every Trey Anastasio Band lineup since he first joined forces with the Phish guitarist in 2001. Paczkowski has been struggling with headaches and nausea over the past few months and today Anastasio revealed Ray has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Anastasio posted a note on Facebook informing fans of the situation and mentioned Ray is expected to make a full recovery. Paczkowski underwent surgery on Friday with his family at his side. Trey’s statement included word he visited with the keyboardist last week. “He was in good spirits, despite the situation,” the guitarist wrote.

Read the full text of Trey Anastasio’s note:

Hi friends,

After a few months of experiencing headaches and nausea, Ray ended up in the emergency room not long ago. It was discovered that he had a brain tumor.

He went into surgery on Friday and is expected to make a full recovery. His family is with him, and I was able to visit with him last week. He was in good spirits, despite the situation.

We are all hoping, praying and sending him mountains of love and best wishes. We love you Ray! Get well soon!! #loveforthemilkman

JamBase sends its wishes for a speedy recovery to the musician nicknamed “The Milkman.” TAB’s spring tour is currently scheduled to start on April 17.

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