Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Shares ALS Diagnosis

John Driskell Hopkins just shared some “hard news”.

The bassist of the Zac Brown Bandannounced that he has been diagnosed with ALS. Hopkins shared the news in a video posted on the country music group’s official YouTube channel on May 20.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,” he shared. “After careful analysis by some of the best neurologists in the country, I was diagnosed with ALS.”

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a neurodegenerative disease that targets the nervous system, weakening muscles and limiting physical function, according to the ALS Association. Effects on the brain and spinal cord can cause decreased motor function, loss of muscle control, and loss of speech and movement. The average life expectancy is two to five years.

Although there is no cure for ALS, Hopkins, 51, is hopeful that he can continue playing for his fans for a long time to come.

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