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Death Angel’s Will Carroll Placed On Ventilator In ICU Amid COVID-19 Battle


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Death Angel drummer Will Carroll has been having a rough go battling COVID-19 after having contracted the Coronavirus while on tour in Europe earlier this month. Testament frontman Chuck Billy, who also contracted the disease alongside his wife during that same tour, spoke of the matter on ‘Trunk Nation‘ yesterday, March 26th:

Will had to go to the hospital. He’s in ICU on a ventilator right now… I believe he was the first one to test positive [for COVID-19], and then myself and a couple of crew guys. And I know Gary and his wife tested; I think they’re still waiting for the results. But a lot of us [experienced] the same feeling — just feeling really tired, body aching, chest tight and short of breath.

And we all kind of had the same feeling, so we were just waiting for the first one to get the results to back to realize, if it’s the same thing, we probably all might have it. So we’re just waiting on Gary‘s [results] now. The other guys — Alex [Skolnick] and Gene [Hoglan] and Eric [Peterson] — all three of those guys feel just fine; they haven’t had any of the symptoms.”

The Gary he refers to is Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who has also been displaying symptoms of the disease and has been awaiting his test results. Testament, Exodus & Death Angel were all on the same European tour a few weeks back. As for how they contracted the Coronavirus, Billy theorized:

“We’ve tried to trace it. We were asking questions, and they still don’t have a lot of the answers for it. They don’t know how long the contagious period is. They don’t know when you get it and when you become contagious. We were lucky enough that nobody was really feeling ill on the road. I believe it was right when we were leaving [Europe] to come home — it was that last day, I believe, and maybe just the airport exposure; I’m not sure.

Eric went a different way, so he didn’t get sick. So did Gene — he didn’t get sick. And so did Alex — he stayed at another hotel. So the rest of us, maybe when we traveled through the airport, I don’t know if we got ill then. Or maybe we contracted it that [last] night — it’s just hard to say. You can’t really put a finger on it.

But we do know that we were feeling fine in Europe. It’s just once we got home, within that 24-hour window, among all three bands, we were all talking to each other and people were feeling ill. So I would think maybe the last couple of days of the tour, maybe we all contracted it somewhere.”

Death Angel issued the below statement regarding Carroll‘s health yesterday:

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your overwhelming support, well wishes, and kind words regarding our friend and brother Will Carroll. The messages have reached us and all of his loved ones. We ask that you keep putting that wonderful energy out there for him. It will help all of us, and most importantly Will, to get through all of this.

We also ask that at this very sensitive time to also please respect his family’s space and privacy, as well as ours regarding this matter, as we all want the same result…Will’s full recovery as soon as possible.

Once again, we all truly appreciate the incredible support and love for him! Please keep it up!

We look forward to reuniting with all of you on the other side of this sensitive time that is new to all of us.

Until then…
Please be safe and kind to each other!
We’re all in this together…And United we’ll live forever!!

With love,
DEATH ANGEL

[via Blabbermouth]

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