Shawn Spann, the frontman of I, The Breather, released an official statement regarding his health issues, which have prevented him from performing with his band on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. The update reads (Editor’s Note: Spelling and abbreviations left as is):

I have been diagnosed w Ischemic Colitis and possibly the beginning stages of Crohn’s Disease… Ischemic colitis occurs when blood flow to part of the large intestine is reduced due to narrowed or blocked blood vessels. The diminished blood flow provides insufficient oxygen for the cells in your digestive system. With that being said, My condition wasn’t caused by life choices, It is sadly something that just happens to some.

From what I was told by my Doctor, If I eat properly and take care of my body to the likings of both conditions that this could never flare up again. I am literally fighting with everything in me to be back on Warped Tour by the 18th which is Wednesday. I will be back soon, Stronger than ever. Also – I want to give my most sincerest thank yous to Marcus Barber for filling my shoes during this time. Im proud of you man, I heard you’re killing it. Anyway, Heres to the future… Lets do this

Come the Dawn’s Marcus Barber has been filling in for Spann on the Warped Tour so far.

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