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Matt Forde “overwhelmed” by support after tumour diagnosis

Absolute Radio’s Matt Forde says he’s been overwhelmed by messages of support after announcing he’s taking time off to undergo surgery for a spine tumour.

The comedian and host of Rock ‘N’ Roll Football on the station, shared the news on social media yesterday.

He revealed that he’s had awful sciatica lately, which has been caused by a spine tumour.

Although he’s having to take some time off, he said he’ll record some shows to cover the gap and added: “I’ll be fine. In the words of Steve Cooper, I’ll trust the process.”

Speaking on Absolute Radio at the weekend, Matt compared his treatment to ‘a footballer going through an injury’.

He then added: “But I wanted to let you know because I’m not going to be here for a few weeks. I don’t want people to think I’m just being lazy.

“We’re going to get the health problem done – to borrow or misquote a phrase.”

In a follow-up post yesterday afternoon, Matt said: I’m overwhelmed by all your messages. Thank you so much.

“I feel a bit young to be dealing with this, but hopefully that will aid my recovery. I know the hardest stuff is still to come but my advice so far is: if you have something wrong, go to the doctor. Catch it early.”

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