The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is responsible for such stage musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Starlight Express and Jesus Christ Superstar has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The British-born composer and producer, who is said to have composed his first musical piece at the age of nine, has received many awards, including an Oscar, seven Tony Awards and three Grammys.
“The condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year,” according to a statement.
The composer is in the process of producing a sequel to perhaps his most famous work ‘Phantom of the Opera’, which will be called ‘Phantom: Love Never Dies’, rehearsals for which will begin at the end of this year.
Lloyd Webber is reportedly currently in hospital, receiving initial treatment for cancer of the prostate, which is a gland located in the male reproductive system situated between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate cancer is when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably, and typically affects men over the age of 50.
Other celebrities who have suffered this type of cancer include Jeff Jarvis, James Brown, Charlton Heston and Dennis Hopper.