We usually write about the latest and greatest gadgets. This is normally isn’t our scene. But, when Basti Artadi opened up about his facial paralysis and the reason behind it, we knew we had to do something. This is the best way we know how. You see, a couple of years back, New Media Factory gave us an avenue to talk to you guys for an hour each week to talk about tech, gadgets, and the latest tech chismis we had — The Unbox Podcast. Basti was our Executive Producer. Despite his status as an iconic rockstar, he would often drop by to check on us and to see if things were running smoothly; a cool dude through and through. It surprised us to see the following Facebook post on Radio Republic yesterday:
We’ve bumped into Mr. Artadi a couple of times and thought he merely had a case of Bells Palsy, but to learn that there was a tumor pressing on the nerves controlling the right side of this face and that it would soon render him unable to sing… That was something else. Team Unbox is mostly composed of 90’s kids — It was the height of Grunge and Rock, for our generation anyway — and when Wolfgang burst into the scene with songs that made conservative Christians cringe (i.e. Halik ni Hudas), we couldn’t help but bang our teenage heads to those guitar riffs and Basti’s trademark vocals. We are deeply saddened that he will soon be unable to carry on doing what he loves, but he does intend to stave it off as long as possible by getting a medical procedure called a facial sling.
To help fund this procedure, Basti is selling shirts via Jeepney Rock Stop. You can also order the shirts via the provided number on the Facebook posts that they can deliver Nationwide and even Internationally. It’s a small way to help, but a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Order now!
He also had this to say, via his Twitter, to address other bleak questions about his health:
Guys, I'm not dying! It's not a brain tumor. Haha unfortunately you're stuck with me a bit longer.
— Basti Artadi (@bastiartadi73) June 21, 2016
Basti, if you happen to read this, if you happen to read this. We wish you all the best, sir. \m/