Mark Hoppus, Blink-182 Singer, Announces Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It Sucks and I’m Scared’

by Samantha Whidden

Blink-182 bassist and co-lead vocalist Mark Hoppus announced on Wednesday he has cancer. The 49-year-old musician shared the unfortunate news on his social media accounts. 

“For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer,” Mark shares in the post. “I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time, I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this. I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer-free and see you all at a concert in the near future. Love to you all.”

Mark Hoppus also posts a snap on his Instagram Story that features him waiting to have his chemo treatment done. “Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please.”

Fans of Hoppus shared their support and love for the musician by tweeting words of encouragement. “We love you, Mark. You got this!” one fan writes. “Can’t wait for your tweet saying, ‘I’m cancer free, I beat the sh— out of here. Love you.”

Mark Hoppus was introduced to Tom DeLong in 1992 and together with drummer Scott Raynor, they formed the popular rock band, Blink-182. The group signed its major label MCA to co-distribute their 1997 album, Dude Ranch, featuring Hoppus’ penned hit single “Dammit.” Upon replacing Raynor its Travis Baker, the trio released their Enema of the State album in 1999.

After releasing their Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and Untitled Album albums, the band split up in 2005. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker continued to play together in +44 and finally Blink-182 reunited in 2009.

In 2020, Mark revealed that the song “What’s My Age Again” was inspired by a Green Day mishap. “I was just writing a funny song,” Hoppus shares with Less Than Jake’s Chris Demakes. “I’ll tell you what the very origin of the song was. There’s a Green Day song called ‘J.A.R.’ that’s on the Angus soundtrack, and it starts off with this bass intro that’s really rad. I was messing around on the guitar trying to learn that and then I kind of messed up the progression and I played it incorrectly. And then I was like, ‘That sounds kind of cool,’ and that was the basis for the opening riff of the song.”

Mark recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” by posting, “Hell yes. 20 years ago today Take Off Your Pants and Jacket came out. After the overwhelming and unexpected success of Enema of the State, we wanted to write a darker, harder album that pushed the boundaries of what Blink-182 could do. I love this record. Thank you to everyone who listened to it then and continues to put it on two decades later.”