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Jason Becker Experiencing Shortness of Breath and Rapid Heart Rate, His Mother Says

Jason Becker
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Guitar legend Jason Becker is “in constant contact with doctors” after suffering “shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate," according to his mother.

“Jason has requested prayers from all you wonderful folks out there," Pat Becker wrote (opens in new tab) on Twitter. "He can feel your prayers, and is experiencing shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate which is pretty scary stuff.

"He has not been able to communicate his gratitude and love for all the recent donations and support, but he is so grateful to you all and hopes to get back to a level of energy that makes it possible to let you all know, personally, how much he appreciates you.”

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Becker has battled ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, after being diagnosed with the disease in his early twenties. Over time, he lost the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own.

In recent weeks, a Twitch fundraiser (opens in new tab), a one-off auction of some of Becker's most prized guitars, and a special store on internet gear retailer Reverb.com have all been launched to help Becker pay for his significant medical costs. Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Kiko Loureiro, Nita Strauss, Orianthi, Guthrie Govan, and Tosin Abasi are just a few of the big names who have participated in the fundraising efforts. 

“Let's all send good thoughts and use the power of prayer to send along out positive energy to Jason Becker," wrote (opens in new tab) Kiss's Paul Stanley on Twitter.

“This guitar prodigy has fought against all the odds for 30 years battling ALS and is now asking for our help. You are loved, admired and not alone Jason.”

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.