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From Glen (d-m.com) :

Long time Depeche Mode collaborator and friend, Gareth Jones, is having some health issues.

Gareth has be diagnosed with some minor cancer and is taking some time off from his work to focus on treatment and healing. His prognosis is very good we are happy to hear and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Gareth has a blog documenting his journey where you can follow along with him as he goes through his treatment. To read along and wish him support, click here: http://ajourneywithcancer.blogspot.com/

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gareth and be sure to let him know you are thinking about him.
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This is really sad news, I send him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. He did some fantastic work making Metamatic and The Garden sound so unique and fantastically good!