Warbeast and Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt was scheduled to undergo heart surgery yesterday (Aug. 10). He found his heart was misfiring, causing his blood pressure to skyrocket, and that he needed surgery.

“It became very evident that I can't live a normal life anymore without doing the surgery, without fixing the problems,” Corbitt tells the Dallas Observer. “It's not fair to me, my wife, my family and my band to have to worry. It's no way to live: 'Oh we can't go out of town without worrying about his heart messing up.' Nah, it's worth the risk of surgery to live a normal life again. I feel like a walking time bomb.”

Heart surgery is extremely expensive, and the metal community is stepping up to help Corbitt pay some of his medical costs. He has health insurance, but it only covers a portion of the expenses.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money, which says, "We are going to help Bruce & Jeanna with the expense of this nightmare they've been going thru. Bruce has been there to help so many of us and as a proud man, he will not ask for help for himself. SO let's all support him and donate."

A benefit concert for Corbitt will be held Oct. 17 in Fort Worth, Texas. Wizards of Gore, which is Rigor Mortis without the late Mike Scaccia (who died in 2012 at the age of 47 after suffering a heart attack on stage), will play along with other local bands.

Corbitt says he's grateful for the support. “I have never felt more love in my life than at this moment,” he says. “Sometimes people don't get to see what everyone thinks about them. In some small way, I'm getting to see some portion of that, that people do care about me and love me.”

Loudwire sends our best wishes to Corbitt for a speedy recovery.

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