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FasterDisaster
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:43 pm 
 

Sad story. [source]

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Sean Killian, vocalist for influential San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band VIO-LENCE, has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cirrhosis.

The news of Sean's medical condition was revealed by his wife, Dana Rivero Killian, during last night's (Monday, June 19) appearance on the "Thrash Zone" radio show.

She told "Thrash Zone" host Billy Boldt (hear audio below): "My husband Sean is very, very ill. He has, I guess what they call, endstage or the last stage it could possibly be at, liver disease, which is cirrhosis of the liver. And right now, his only cure is obtaining a new liver.

"This all came on real suddenly and real fast — within the past year — and it's a tremendous blow on our family, financially and emotionally, and just… as you can imagine, crazy to hear stuff like this. Luckily, he was accepted into the UCSF [Liver] Transplant Program over at the [UCSF] Medical Center there in San Francisco, which is one of, if not the, leading transplant centers in the nation with, I think — I don't wanna quote exactly — but I believe they have the highest success rate. So we're really [glad] that he got into that program. And right now, as he stands now, he is eligible for a live donor transplant."

Live Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) is a procedure in which a live donor gives a portion of his or her liver to a family member or friend in need of a liver transplant. "What that means is a person who is a match doesn't have to be a family member [because] family members are no more likely to be a match than any random person," Dana said. "I know a lot of people think that, because of genetics, that's the case, but it really isn't. So what that means is a person who says, 'Yeah, I'll donate a portion of my liver,' what that person does is goes through a questionnaire, which is an online questionnaire through UCSF, and then, of course, they determine whether they're a match, and then if they are, then they go through all the education and counseling and all that. And should they find it in the kindness of their heart to donate a portion of their liver, we — meaning Sean and our family — we'd take on the burden and responsibility of that cost. It is no cost to the donor, of course; they are doing us a big favor."

The final stage of cirrhosis of liver is considered as the most dreaded phase of the condition. If the patient is diagnosed during this stage, the life expectancy of the sufferer — without a liver transplant — is said to be one year to three years.

"We need to get the ball rolling with this, because there is no cure except for a new liver," Dana said. "And the longer he goes without one, the more his body just continues to deteriorate. And while they're keeping him comfortable, treating his symptoms, Sean's doing real good. We're doing everything he needs to do to maximize longevity. The bottom line is a new liver."

She continued: "I don't have a date at what point does he no longer qualify for this, but I would say, from what I understand, about a year is about the time frame, and once that year has gone by and if we haven't found a viable donor liver, then his next step is just to be on the wait list with UNOS, which is the [United Network for Organ Sharing]. They are the people in charge of those transplant lists and who gets the livers and where they go and all that and all that stuff that goes with it. So if that happens to be the case and he ends up on that list, it's really just a waiting game — it really is — and there's nothing we can do. There's no cure. Like I said, the cure is a new liver."

According to Dana, Sean's cirrhosis was brought on by years of heavy drinking. "And I've gotta tell you, listeners out there, you young kids, let this be a lesson to you," she said. "Just simmer down on the liquor, because you will have problems, and you don't wanna be where Sean is. It's horrible."

Dana went on to say that this was the first time she was speaking out publicly about Sean's illness, although a number of his friends and family members are aware of his condition and have visited him in the hospital. "It is hard to look at him," she said. "He is very, very sick. So you see, in front of you, a person who has no muscle mass, no body fat — just a skeleton with skin. And the hardest part for him is a condition called ascites, where the liver cannot process any kind of fluid, and so it just accumulates in his abdomen, like a helium balloon. And it just slowly, slowly, slowly keeps going up to like he's gonna pop. So every two weeks or so, he has to go in and have that drained. And the last time he had that drained a couple of days ago, they took thirteen liters of fluid from his abdomen. So you can imagine how painful and uncomfortable that is."

In addition to Killian, VIO-LENCE's classic lineup included guitarists Phil Demmel and Robb Flynn, both of whom are now in MACHINE HEAD.

Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim's in San Francisco.

VIO-LENCE's lineup on "Eternal Nightmare" consisted of Killian, Flynn, Demmel, bassist Deen Dell and drummer Perry Strickland.


GoFundMe to support his recovery.


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Ina_Dingir_Xul
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:17 pm 
 

Very unfortunate for him; living with ascites can be extremely uncomfortable and there are numerous problems associated with alcoholic liver disease, including infections, encephalopathy, kidney disease etc.

I am curious regarding his eligibility for a liver transplant though. If his cirrhosis was due to alcohol, then many clinics generally require a 6 month period of abstinence from alcohol (or something similar) to prove he will not do the same thing to the new liver as he did with his original one. There is an entire melting pot of ethical debate regarding whether or not an alcoholic patient is eligible for a liver transplant should they need one (knowing how limited the "supply" of livers available for transplant is) and this does carry over into practice. For example, in the hypothetical situation where you have two patients in need of a liver transplant: one whose heavy drinking led to chronic liver disease (CLD), and one who has had a condition completely unrelated to his lifestyle, say primary sclerosing cholangitis (an autoimmune condition). If a liver becomes available for transplant, and both individuals are a match, how do you decide who gets a new lease of life?

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Ace_Rimmer
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:29 pm 
 

I'd always give the nod to the person who isn't an alcoholic unless they are really, really old. Hopefully he pulls though one way or another.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:22 pm 
 

Unquestionably the greatest thrash vocalist ever. This is incredibly sad.

Here's the Go Fund Me page if you want to help contribute. I'll definitely be tossing a few bucks in.

https://www.gofundme.com/3yexb3s
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:34 pm 
 

So 'Liquid Courage' was pretty much autobiographical. Sad to know this happened to Sean.

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Oxenkiller
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:51 pm 
 

This is sad. While I wouldn't go so far as to say he was the "Greatest thrash vocalist ever" he was certainly one of the most DISTINCTIVE thrash vocalists ever, and Vio-Lence's "Eternal Nightmare" was one of the greatest thrash ALBUMS ever. But yeah, that is a bummer. I do hope he pulls through. He is a few years older than me, and I'm of the age where years of hardcore partying is starting to catch up to people- I've already seen friends pass on due to drinking-related health issues, and I really hope Sean can get this fixed and taken care of.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:07 am 
 

Well put. Sean does have one of the most distinctive vocal approach in all of thrash. With the generosity of metalheads all around, I'm sure he'll get the 20k target in no time. Crossing my fingers they find a compatible donor asap.
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emperorjvl
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:17 am 
 

I'm with everyone in this thread. Hopefully people take some notice and start paying attention to their behaviors regarding any substances, really. I personally have experienced a functioning alcoholic well on her way to being a nonfunctional one. It's heartbreaking, and this is without a deadly disease in the mix. I've largely given up alcohol since then, don't need that shit (don't need the empty calories either).

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Oxenkiller
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:03 pm 
 

It's fun to party like a rock star and get wasted and have fun, when you are like 21 that is,- but when you are 41 and still doing that shit- that's when it starts to catch up to you. Or earlier then 41, in some cases. Also, the perceptions change: a guy who likes to get ripped on booze at 20, or 21 is revered as a "party animal" but if he's still doing that at 41, he's a "Drunken bum." The catch is, it can be hard to just give it up and walk away from it as you get older, or even taper it off, if you are heavy enough into it. Again, I was a huge fan of Vio-Lence as a kid and have many happy memories of seeing them shred it up in the San Francisco area back in the heydeys of thrash. Here's to hoping Sean can get well.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:11 pm 
 

Eternal Nightmare is the pinnacle of thrash. Hope he finds a new liver soon.

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wrathchild_88
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:38 am 
 

Killian On Command, the fund raising concert happened a couple of days ago and a whole bunch of Bay Area musicians came and helped out. Hopefully it'll move Sean a lo closer to getting a donor!

Youtube: show

The actual Vio-lence part of the show starts at about 2:54:00
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:49 am 
 

Awesome concert! Glad to see all the support for him!

I bet "World in a World" is really hard to sing and play simultaneously. I wish Perry Strickland could still play it correctly though (fast ride cymbal and double bass missing).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:49 pm 
 

I wonder if a setlist and full line-up of that gig will be posted...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:53 pm 
 

Dembo wrote:
I wonder if a setlist and full line-up of that gig will be posted...


I saw the set list on the YouTube video but I haven't seen anyone list the full lineup.

IIRC Gary Holt was there and I think the only member from Forbidden there was Steve Smyth.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:47 pm 
 

All of Vio-Lence (Sean didn't play obviously), Chuck Billy, Zetro, Tom Hunting, and Craig Locicero of Forbidden were there, off the top of my head.

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wrathchild_88
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:35 pm 
 

David White and Mark Hernandez from Heathen, Spike from D.R.I. and Ted Aguilar from Death Angel were the others I recognised.

The highlight of that show for me was Chuck Billy and Tom Hunting playing Torture Tactics; they fuckin' nailed it. World in a World was also great but let down by Robb being Robb. They all did well really considering the limited practice time though.
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