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Published: 2011/06/20

Leslie West Recuperating Following Leg Amputation

Legendary Mountain guitarist Leslie West was rushed to the hospital on Saturday because of diabetes-related complications, where he underwent a successful leg amputation. The procedure removed his limb up to the knee. West faces extensive rehabilitation, but he should make a full recovery.

At age 65, West continues to wield influence in the world of rock and roll, as shown by his upcoming July release, The Unusual Suspects. The new album features a number of guests, including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather—each of whom is a guitar god in their own right—as well as drummer Kenny Aronoff. The exact release date of the album will soon be announced.

West’s family has requested that the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life changing transition.

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