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Japanese singer and musician Gackt takes indefinite hiatus due to vocal and neurological disorder

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By grape Japan

The agency for popular Japanese singer, musician, and actor Gackt announced on Wednesday that he would immediately be suspending all activities and going on an indefinite hiatus due to a neurological disorder that has resulted in dysphonia, a loss of voice.

According to his agency, Gackt complained of poor health upon returning to Japan on Aug 6 (Gackt's primary residence is in Malaysia), and at one point his condition was considered life threatening. His condition has stabilized, but was medically evaluated as being unable to continue work. Gackt hopes to return to his career as soon as possible, but will suspend all activities (including the filming of his upcoming movie "Tonde Saitama II"), and seek further consultation and treatment overseas.

statement released by his agency explains:

"After returning to Japan on August 6 we received a message from Gackt that he was not feeling well, and his condition suddenly changed after a while. He has been suffering from a neurological disorder since he was a child. At one point, he was in life-threatening condition. His condition continued to deteriorate for several weeks. His condition is now stable, although he has lost about 10kg of weight.

However, he has developed a severe vocal disorder and the doctor has judged that it is impossible for him to continue vocal performances at this stage...He will return to his home overseas where his doctor is, and after a thorough examination of his chronic illness and vocal disorder, plans to concentrate on treatment in order to resume activities."

Gackt held a performance in Japan in July, but had stopped his live streaming channel from Aug 14 due to his health condition.

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Don’t like his music but he has a great sense of humor and is an interesting eclectic guy. I wish him well.

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Get well Gackto!

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Tsukun had some kind of throat problem (cancer?) and now Gackt with neurological disorder stopping both from singing. That's extremely tough when your livelihood is taken away from you.

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I hope he gets better! Great on the New Years day show!

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Many are wondering if he had covid and is now suffering from neurological problems related to those that have "recovered".

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You do realize that the year end show is a "show"..... Totally staged and scripted.

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@Antiquesaving  He has been suffering from a neurological disorder since he was a child.

He's a very talented person, writes his own songs, compose his own music and then plays and sings them.

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I hear a rumor (and it is only that) that he has relapsing-remitting MS.

Good news: It's not usually fatal and people with MS can have a relatively normal life-span.

Bad news: It's a progressive disease for which there is no cure.

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never heard abt him...

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If I remember correctly, his father was in the JSDF marching band in Okinawa, and also taught Karate to kids on Camp Foster.

Gackt himself also won a few regional karate tournaments.

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I hear a rumor (and it is only that) that he has relapsing-remitting MS.

Good news: It's not usually fatal and people with MS can have a relatively normal life-span.

Bad news: It's a progressive disease for which there is no cure.

I don't think it's okay to muddy the waters as the official diagnosis was undisclosed to the public and I find that rumor extremely hard to believe.

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