Over the July 4 weekend, longtime drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, best known for bringing his unique drumming to Primus and Puscifer (a side project of Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan), revealed that he had recently suffered his second heart attack. The 51-year-old noted that it occurred almost exactly two years after he’d undergone a triple bypass surgery following his first heart attack in 2014.
In a brief note accompanying a photograph of himself posted to his Instagram account, the musician appeared somber, but grateful to be alive, and urged fans and friends to make the most of their limited time:
“I was overwhelmed with sadness, not because of the fact that I could die but that I would have to say goodbye to my family. It can happen at any moment, and remember IT WILL HAPPEN ONE DAY so tell the people in your life you love them. Enjoy the days you have with them, they are limited. We are all here for a short time.”
After receiving hundreds of messages of support, he briefly followed up with a thank-you post, adding, “I am home and doing well. Just taking it easy.”
Primus is slated to perform at two festivals later this fall: Desert Daze in Joshua Tree and at Sacramento’s Aftershock.
(h/t Consequence of Sound)