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The Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey suffers a stroke

The Minus 5 at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Photo by Greg Cristman

Scott McCaughey, who fronts The Young Fresh Fellows and the R.E.M.-related The Minus 5, and plays in various other R.E.M.-related projects, has sadly suffered a stroke. His wife Mary Winzig made a statement on Facebook saying that he’s in stable condition. Read her full statement below. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Scott!

Statement from Mary Winzig:

Scott McCaughey, the ever-smiling, sunglasses-wearing front man of the bands The Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows, and side man to countless bands — including M. Ward, The Baseball Project, Tired Pony, and R.E.M. — suffered a stroke while on a West Coast tour with Alejandro Escovedo. He is in stable condition.

Loved by many and a best friend to all, Scott brings a very bright light to the stage. In his ever-changing hats and loud sports coats, Scott exudes such joy while he performs.

“Scott McCaughey is one of the unsung heroes of rock n roll. A true believer and one of the most creative people I have ever met.” says guitarist Peter Buck.

The road to recovery will be a long one, and we believe it will come through music. We can’t wait to see him back in action. The collective energy of the entire creative community is powerful enough to overcome this hurdle. With the love and support of all of you, Scott will continue to share his love of music with the world.

We promise to provide continued updates and will share any messages of support you want to send with him.

Sent with love from Mary Winzig (wife of Scott McCaughey) and the entire R.E.M. community

Recently, Scott has been playing in Filthy Friends with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, and more.

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