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Jason Becker is Home from the Hospital After Treatment for a Bacterial Infection

Jason Becker
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Jason Becker is home from the hospital after receiving treatment for a bacterial infection, his family has confirmed.

On Sunday, April 11, Becker's father, Gary, wrote (opens in new tab) “Hi everyone! Here’s an update from Gary Becker: Jason is at home, sitting on his back deck with his cats! Thanks to everyone for their continued love and support!“ on Becker's Facebook page.

Becker had been hospitalized late last week after suffering from persistent shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate.

News of his return home follows a Saturday, April 10 update from his family stating that the guitar great was starting to recover from the infection, and that “he should be going home tomorrow."

“Our family is so thankful for your thoughts and prayers,” the post continued (opens in new tab). “Thank you to everyone who is ordering from our family eBay store. It’s a great way to support Jason.”

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. 

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.